CSUF Program Digs Into Farm-to-Table Culture to Help Students, Foster Youth


Jaeda Snow and Danielle Rhee are starting the process that will end with farm-fresh vegetables being added to the menu at the Monkey Business Cafe.

Working at a large potting table at the Fullerton Arboretum, the two Cal State Fullerton students are placing sweet pepper and basil seeds into dozens of small containers, taking care that the seeds are planted at the right depth for proper exposure to the sun.

In the next week or two, the seedlings will be moved to the adjacent greenhouse and later to a farm on the south side of the Arboretum, where they will be planted among the other crops — lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, squash, peas and beets.

“I didn’t realize CSUF had something like this where you can go out in the community and do your own research while helping the local communities,” said Rhee, a geography and child development major. “I think it’s amazing that they’re using the food that we grow.”

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