Experimental Community Gardens

Contact: ecgarden@gmail.com

Garden Director: Nick Campbell

Landscape and Activities Coordinator: Laurasia Holzman Smith



The ASUCD Experimental Community Gardens occupy five acres of organic farmland at the University of California, Davis.   Plots are available for rent on an annual basis to students, faculty, staff and community members. Our goal is to provide a place where gardeners can grow nourishing food, learn together, and develop lasting friendships.  Benefits include:
  • Access to nutrient-rich, organic fruits and vegetables.
  • Educational opportunities to learn about organic, sustainable gardening
  • Stress-reducing exercise
  • Community building through a shared sense of identity, spirit, and stewardship for the land.
  • An outdoor classroom for children to play and learn.
  • Opportunities to share gardening experiences and knowledge.
  • Group activities such as garden potlucks and work parties.

We provide the land, water, fertilizer, mulch, wheelbarrows and tools.  You choose the fruits and veggies you’d like to grow!

The mission of the ASUCD Experimental Community Gardens (ECG) is to provide a unique, inclusive place for people to:

  • Learn and experience sustainable gardening
  • Enhance health and well-being
  • Engage in experiential learning
  • Connect with community
  • Practice environmental stewardship.

As a unit within the Associated Students of the University of California, Davis (ASUCD), the ECG supports this mission through experimentation, education, and gardener collaboration.

Interested in renting a plot?

Contact Garden Director Nick Campbell (ecgarden@gmail.com) to begin the process of renting a garden plot.  Applicants will be notified by email of the next garden tour.  Plot availability is limited and plots are assigned on a first come, first served basis.


Plot Rental Fees

The garden consists of approximately 500 plots available to rent on an annual basis.

  • The cost for a single 10′ x 20′ plot is $35 ($50 in Sweet Beet Burrow area)
  • Annual fees are due in March and are not refundable.
  • Gardeners who begin renting mid-season (September 1 – February 28) pay $25 for a single plot ($40 in Sweet Beet Burrow).  
  • Gardeners must sign the Memorandum of Cooperation agreement (MOC) and pay renewal fees in March, regardless of when rental began.
  • In addition a deposit of $10 is required.


We hold monthly community meetings on the first Sunday of every month at 1:30pm for gardeners and community members to engage in a discussion with the director and coordinator about any concerns or ideas.