Whittier Sustainable Urban Farm (SUrF) Learning Laboratory

SUrF is where ideas, action, and community meet to rethink the landscapes we inhabit.

SUrF is a 1/8 acre micro-farm—raised beds and fruit trees—in the “front yard” of Wanberg Residence Hall (aka “Greenberg) on the campus of Whittier College.  Our experiment in sustainable urban agriculture is grounded in an emphasis on rehabilitating the soil, with the side benefit that we get to grow and eat great food.

Surf is not a traditional community garden; that is, individuals are not assigned specific plots, instead the gardening collective works the entire micro-farm and shares the fruits of their labor (we also tithe a portion of our produce to the food bank).  Participants that complete the garden education curriculum are eligible for internship placements in community organizations.

For more information about programming, curricular use of the micro-farm, garden education and internships contact sal johnston and Nat Zappia at SUrFgrows@gmail.com.

To participate in the garden collective simply join the garden club.

Mission & Goals

 Civic Permaculture Philosophy and Practice

 Participation and Use

 Garden Education


 Projects & Collaborations


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