What is PICA?

The Program in Community and Agroecology (PICA) is an educational program focusing on hands-on sustainable living skills, food systems and food justice issues. PICA is open to all UCSC students and the greater community. An aspect of PICA is our residential program, a themed housing option on campus where residents grow their own food together, share in community meals together, and strive to live more sustainably. PICA is located at the entrance to the Village at UCSC.


Through PICA, students from a variety of majors have the opportunity to study agroecology and apply their knowledge to everyday activities within their community.

Please join us for one of our Saturday Garden workdays or come to an upcoming sustainability workshop.

In you are interested in living at PICA, more information can be found here.