Category Archives: Education

Riverside Schools’ Farmers Market Model For U.S.

Federal officials want to copy Riverside school’s

Farmers Market Salad Bar

In another bright spot of best practices of what works, Emerson Elementary/Eastside Community Garden salad bar program has set off a wave  of interest in our food supply, food quality and nutrition.

They’re acting local and impacting global if recent attention from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s interest is any indication.

This is what playing the “Is It Healthy?” Game looks like when you’re on the streets in your neighborhood,  in the classroom, or on your knees in in the dirt celebrating the irrepressible abundance of nature and joy from life and relationships.

Sustainable UCR Celebrates Earth Day And Community Garden Milestone

Neighborhood invited to celebrate with Sustainable UCR at a low-key, acoustic concert to culminate our Earth Week events. The acoustic concert will be on Friday, April 23, from 5-8 PM at our community garden, called “The Growve” off of Watkins Drive.

The concert is called “Groove at the Growve” and there will be no amplified sound. Anyone from the neighborhood is welcome to attend, and it is free. (Anyone is also welcome to join our community garden or attend any of our Earth Week events, and they are all free). We don’t want to do anything that would upset the neighbors.Our goal is to create a sense of community, where everyone feels empowered to change the world.

You can check out for Earth Week events.Included are several workshops on composting, energy conservation, sustainABLE living, and a food systems workshop, as well as tree planting, and other interactive demonstrations.
Please contact if you have questions.

In the meantime, let’s celebrate the milestone of creating a wonderful community asset in just over one year.  Very inspiring!

ECO-KIDS DAY at Growcology!

This Saturday, April 10th (9am-4pm) ECO-KIDS DAY at Growcology!

Growcology is unveiling the new kids garden, and to help us celebrate we’ve invited a few friends.

Learn all about where our food comes from, how to garden, caring for chickens, crafting your own candles, and learn about the eco-energy-bike.  Most importantly, enjoy a day with your community at Growcology.

For all the details and information on what to bring, please read the attachment to this email.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

H.U.B. (Homestead Uniting Brilliance)

Phone:  951-389-GROW (4769)
Skype:   growcology


Pathways To A Sustainable Society Workshop

This one-day workshop (April 15)  challenges participants to consider the interrelated dimensions of sustainability: environmental support systems (air, water, and natural ecosystems), urban systems (land use, transportation, socio-economic), and alternative energy.  Presenters will convey innovative research, public policy developments, technologies and business practices that will require collaboration among all sectors to ensure sustainability for today and for the needs of future generations.

Register here.

Thanks To RUSD Superintendent Rick Miller

The University Neighborhood Association had the pleasure of having Superintendent of Schools Rick Miller as our guest speaker at the March meeting.

An enlightening discussion about overcoming circumstances in delivering an engaging, high quality, highly relevant educational experience was open and lively.

One of the ideas for utilizing existing school assets in the face of declining student populations in some local neighborhoods (Hyatt Elementary)  is to market each school’s unique programs and opportunities.

This is much like North High School’s Chinese language classes offered to the students and community at large.

It demonstrates the fact that we are a multi-racial society in a global conversation about opportunity, growth, and self-expression for all. Maybe there are new ways to look at “profit” other than the overly narrow reliance on money. Perhaps there’s far more profit in knowing each others dreams and possibilities than in separation and fear. This is a daily challenge for our parents, teachers and administrators.

It was reassuring to know we have committed professionals like Rick Miller and Hyatt Principal Raul Ayala leading the inquiry.