For more information about our garden, workparties and workshops, contact Learning Garden Specialist Julie Sheen at: email@example.com, (541) 463-5899. The garden is located in the southwest corner of campus. There is a gravel road off of Parking Lot D that leads into the garden. Click here for a map.
"What I stand for is what I stand on."
Transforming Lives Through Gardening
Lane's Learning Garden is a student-led initiative that grows healthy, sustainable food for our campus community while providing learning, service, and leadership opportunities for students. The Learning Garden is an interdisciplinary educational model that offers students the opportunity to work with others outside the classroom and have fun.
Organic vegetables and fruit grow year-round in the garden. The produce is used in the student-run restaurant, the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Program special events, and the cafeteria. Volunteers enjoy an occasional harvest as well.
The Learning Garden offers students leadership experience. It is a great way to be actively involved in implementing sustainability measures on campus. Learning Garden volunteers may qualify for work study, internships, or service learning credit from specific faculty who support the garden with their curriculum.
The garden offers opportunities to explore creative garden design, observe and cultivate plant communities and learn basic organic agriculture and permaculture principles.
Students meet in a unique context, build friendships and savor the rewards of their labor.
The Garden was established in Spring '06 and has attracted students from many disciplines across campus.
Learning Garden club members are a diverse, energetic group dedicated to stewarding our environment, honoring the natural world that sustains us, and providing produce for great meals!
If you would like to get involved and help contribute to Lane's campus sustainability, please consider volunteering in the garden, or participate in one of our many other events. Check below for volunteer times.
Fall 2013 Garden Events:
2nd Annual Fall Cider Pressing Party
We will be having our second-annual fall apple cider pressing party in the Learning Garden on Thursday, November 21st from 11-2pm. On this day we will be using apple cider presses to make apple cider from apples grown here at Lane and locally. Feel free to bring any apples from your own trees to mix in as well. Please bring a jar or small jug to drink from and take some home in! If you have never pressed cider before, this your chance to see how it's done and participate. Don't miss it!
Weekly Garden Work Parties
Join us for our garden work parties every Tuesday and Friday from 12-4. These work parties are a great chance to get involved, make new friends, and learn a bit more about gardening by helping us with whatever we are working on that day. You might be planting seeds, weeding, building a trellis, or harvesting tomatoes! No experience or tools necessary. Children, family, and community members are welcome too! There is also a pretty great chance you will walk away with some free organic produce as well.....
Weekly Garden Workshops
The Learning Garden wants to help you learn more about gardening, nature, and sustainability. One way we do this is by offering weekly gardening workshops every Friday from 12-1. Here is the schedule for this fall:
Oct. 11- Making Home-grown salsas! Tomaotes, onions, garlic, cilantro, peppers, oh my!
Oct. 18- Pollinators: Learn about the tiny creatures that feed the world
Oct. 25- Birds of LCC: Take a walk with us and learn the common birds of LCC
Nov. 8- Composting: Turn your yard and kitchen waste into soil fertility!
Nov. 15- Fall and winter gardening: Techniques for growing your own food year-round
Nov. 22- Growing herbs in containers: Spice up Thanksgiving with herbs from your patio or window-box
Special Gardening 101 Workshops!
Want to learn the basics of gardening? The Learning garden is offering free gardening 101 classes! Each class is held in the garden from 1-3 and held on various days throughout the term so you can choose which best fits your schedule. No registration or experience necessary, just show up:
Tuesday, Oct. 8th from 1-3
Wednesday, Nov. 6th from 1-3
Thursday, Nov. 14th from 1-3
Here is a copy of our gardening 101 handout!
Check out what these local organizations are doing and how you can be involved in gardening and conservation projects here in Eugene.
School and community gardens and gardeners
OSU Extension Lane County Master Gardeners- http://extension.oregonstate.edu/lane/gardens
School Garden Project- http://schoolgardenproject.org/
Food for Lane County- http://www.foodforlanecounty.org/en/
UO Urban Farm- http://landarch.uoregon.edu/programs/urbanfarm
Southern Willamette Farm Corps- https://www.facebook.com/swfarmcorps
Local food and food policy
Willamette Farm and Food Coalition- http://www.lanefood.org/home.php
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides- http://www.pesticide.org/
Beyond Toxics- http://www.beyondtoxics.org/
Eugene Sustainability- http://eugenesustainability.org/
Cascadia Permaculture- http://cascadiapermaculture.com/home.html
Aprovecho Sustainability Education Center- http://www.aprovecho.net/
Lost Valley Education Center- http://lostvalley.org/
Fungi for the People- http://fungiforthepeople.org/
Lane County Beekeepers Association- http://www.lcbaor.org/
Trees and native plants
Friends of trees Eugene- http://www.friendsoftrees.org/
Mt. Pisgah Arboretum- http://www.mountpisgaharboretum.com/
North American Butterfly Association, Eugene chapter- http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabaes/
Cascades Raptor Center- http://eraptors.org/
Healthy Bees = Healthy Gardens- http://healthybeeshealthygardens.com/
Lane's Learning Garden video (1 minute 17 seconds)