Learning Garden Club

Learning Garden Club Student Cultivating Sustainable Solutions logo

For more information about our garden, workparties and workshops, contact Learning Garden Specialist Julie Sheen, (541) 463-5899The 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."

                   -Wendell Berry

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.

To get on our email list, receive information about our work parties and workshops, or for more information, please contact the Learning Garden Specialist at sheenj@lanecc.edu or (541) 463-5899.

Spring 2014 Events

Please note that Learning Garden Work Parties and Workshops are temporarily canceled as of Thursday, June 5.  Please check back for updates.  We are sorry for any inconvience that this causes.  Students needing to complete volunteer hours may volunteer at one of the Food for Lane County gardens.  Click here for more info on how to volunteer at a Food for Lane County garden.

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 spring:

April 18- Learn about seeds!  We will talk about seed structure and biology, planting seeds, and current issues related to seeds- GMOs, hybrids, open-pollinated, and Monsanto, seed access, and seed patents.

April 25- Containter Gardening- Learn to grow greens, lettuce, spinach, kale, herbs, and more on your porch.

May 2- Botany Basics- Plant forms and functions

May 9- Composting!  We will talk about worm bins, open pile composting, and hot composting!

May 16- Gardening 101- Part One

May 23-  Gardening 101- Part Two- Go from lawn to garden in just two hours!

May 30- The lesser-known veggies, from rutabagas to orach.

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.

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)