Manny Preciado, UCI Garden Project Fellow

Description: Through the UCI Garden Project, the Global Sustainability Resource Center (GSRC) has enabled skills sharing and education regarding sustainable and drought-friendly approaches to urban agriculture, both at the Arroyo Vista housing “Ants in Your Plants” garden and with a community partner in Santa Ana. In our next phase, we will explore further how the University can be a resource for community-based food justice projects in Orange County.

Student Project: The selected fellow will take lead on building a resource and knowledge network regarding food justice with GSRC community partners. This is a hands-on, experiential learning internship engaging the range of skills essential to urban agriculture, both inside the garden and as a community organizer.

Manny is an incoming PhD student in Urban Planning and Policy who joins us for a third year as a Garden Project Fellow. As an urban planner, he wants to utilize urban gardening as a means to help revitalize communities and their food systems by providing healthy food at a low cost, assisting communities to reconnect with nature, and creating spaces of refuge and resistance. One of his goals as an urban planner is to implement urban gardening as a tool to empower low-income communities of color.