Because SOGA is located on UC Berkeley property, we fortunately do not pay to use the physical space of the garden. However, the operations of the garden (think: workshops, seeds, tools, supplies, management) do cost money! We rely on grants and the generosity of the public to continue operations.
The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)
SOGA is currently being funded by an extremely generous grant from The Green Initiative Fun. We could not have done anything these past couple of seasons without TGIF! #thankgoodnessitsfunded
The Green Initiative Fund is UC Berkeley’s Campus Green Fund. TGIF provides funding, via grants, for projects that improve and support UC Berkeley’s campus sustainability efforts. TGIF allocates funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education & behavior change initiatives, student financial aid (via return to aid), and student internships. Students, faculty, and staff may submit project proposals, which are selected for funding by the annually appointed TGIF Committee, consisting of students, faculty, and staff, on which the students have the majority vote.
We thank each and every person who has donated money to keep our garden beautiful and our events free! Donations can be made in our karma box during any event or Open Hours and can be made tax deductible (send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info).
We sell a selection of SOGA merchandise in the garden. More information is forthcoming.