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"Professor Waverly Ray-mentored student and SEEDS Scholar Claudia Nieto, whose presentation was titled Classrooms in the Outdoors: The Success and Challenges of Creating Gardens at Four Elementary Schools within the San Diego Unified School District," at the annual Honors Transfer Council Conference at UC Irvine" - April 1, 2017

"Three San Diego Mesa College SEEDS Scholars Awarded Highly Competitive Summer Internships" -- Read more about the federal agencies they will be working for! - March 27th, 2017

SEEDS Scholar Recognition

"Special recognition going out to Cassie Cassares, Student Ambassador and SEEDS Scholar, who was selected to attend a USDA/NIDA conference as part of the SEEDS Program." - San Diego Mesa College Vice President, Student Services Ashanti Hands.
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"Four SEEDS Scholars attend the USDA 'Workforce Diversity and Career Opportunities' conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico."
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Here is the list of what the students and advisor Waverly Ray worked and presented on:

Joe Avalos -- The On-Campus Vegetable And Herb Garden At San Diego Mesa College
Claudia Nieto -- Classrooms In The Outdoors
Sara Ramirez -- Experiential Learning
Cassie Cassares -- SEEDS: Sustainability Summit 2016
Waverly Ray -- The SEEDS of Success: Creating Pathways to USDA-Related Careers

On Thursday, February 9, 2017, San Diego Mesa College celebrated the Grand Opening of “The Stand”, a food pantry and clothing closet designed to assist students impacted by a lack of food and clothing resources - Learn more about The Stand.

USDA Selects 2016 Class of E. Kika De La Garza Fellows SEEDS Co-Director Waverly Ray joined educators from California, Texas, Arizona, and Florida at the U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters in Washington, DC.

"SEEDS Students Head for the Hills" - April 22, 2016

"STEM grows from SEEDS at San Diego College" - Oct 13, 2015

"Mesa College Prof. Leticia Lopez, guiding Hispanic students in STEM, agriculture studies." - September 8, 2015

Lazaro Sandoval's Testimonial on USDA Service Success.

SEEDS was mentioned in the Proyecto Exito blog! Read more about our Sustainability Week in Proyecto Exito - October 15th, 2015

"The SEEDs project is among the most innovative programs and practices being developed by Mesa College faculty." - President Pamela Luster, June 2nd, 2015

"One of the Best Fields for New College Graduates? Agriculture." - May 11, 2015
USDA Bulletin.
"Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report showing tremendous demand for recent college graduates with a degree in agricultural programs..."

NAU-Yuma to help science students financially." - March 7, 2015
Northern Arizona University-Yuma is currently seeking 30 upper division level students interested in getting their BS degree in Biological Science or Environmental Science. Visit:


The combination of fish aquaculture and hydroponics for vegetable production)

Interested in learning more? Visit us at MS 115-O in the Math & Science Building or Call us at (619) 388 2522 for more information.