For more information about our garden, workparties and workshops, contact Learning Garden Specialist Julie Sheen at: firstname.lastname@example.org, (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.
Winter 2014 Garden Events:
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, friends, family, and community members are welcome too! There is also a pretty great chance you will walk away with some organic produce as well.....
Weekly Gardening 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 winter:
January 24: Winter Harvest, Contrary to popular opinion, winter can be an abundant time for eating out of the garden! Learn the many plants that are possible to grow and harvest in the wintertime.
January 31: Winter Soil Care, Learn ways to care for your soil in the wintertime so that when spring and summer arrives, you have a healthy, recharged soil.
February 7: Botany Basics, We will go over the basics of botany, from plant parts, to their forms and functions. This is a beginning gardener must!
February 14: Beginning Pruning for Fruit Trees, Learn basic techniques for pruning your fruit trees for strong structure and maximum fruit yield.
February 21: Gardening 101- Part One, In this workshop we will cover the seasons, planting and eating according to the seasons, and the basics of soil building and care.
February 28: Gardening 101- Part Two, In part two we will go over planting seeds, caring for plants, watering, and organic fertilizers.
March 7: Composting, Composting our food and garden waste is crucial for sustainablity. Learn the many ways you can compost and choose the one most appropriate for your home or garden. We will cover compost piles, worm bins, and sheet-composting.
March 14: Perfect Potting Soil, If you are gardening indoors, in containers, raised beds, or starting seeds, you must start with a good potting soil. Save money and grow healthier plants by making your own! Learn how in our greenhouse.
March 21: Planting Seeds, Seeds are one of our most precious natural resources. Learn the basics of seed biology and techniques for planting them both indoors and out.
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)