Window sill garden
Container gardens are one way to garden and relax during COVID19

Student Farm Summer Newsletter: Wellness

By Carlos Wolf, Environmental Science and Management ‘20

With the current COVID-19 pandemic and the stress from everyday working and college life, it is important to remember to take some time out of each and everyday for yourself. Keep reading to see what wellness professional Emilia George and lead student farmer Alany Valle do to maintain their wellness, as well as some helpful suggestions for maintaining your own. 


Taking care of yourself could be as quick as five minutes, or as long as several hours. One activity that benefits both mental and physical wellness is gardening. I personally don’t have much space in Davis for gardening. That said, gardens don’t have to be large, or even outside. I utilize my kitchen window sill as my garden space. As can be seen from the image on the right, I have a basil plant, some scallions, and an avocado starting in my new setup outside of Davis. A wide variety of produce can be grown indoors or in limited space environments. If you are in a house with a yard, it’s possible to grow even more varieties of produce. If gardening isn’t something you are quite ready to jump into, below are some additional suggestions that may serve as a welcome mental break:

Cooking, baking, making playlists, reading books or news articles (students, staff, and faculty have free access to New York Times through the UC Davis Library), playing video games, call/video call with friends and/or family, meditation, and working out (here are some suggestions if you don’t know where to start) or go check out the ARC website. For more immediate and/or professional help please visit some of the resources below. 

The UC Davis Student Health and Wellness Center and their counseling services or wellness services. Additional help can be sought at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, National Domestic Violence Hotline, Crisis Text Line, and for LGBTQIA+ people in crisis, The Trevor Project provides access to trained counselors for people in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk.