The Learning Garden, at The Dalles Campus, started as a pilot project to encourage gardeners to meet a variety of goals.
Ultimately, the Learning Garden will compose 1,000 - 2,000 square feet of gardening space and feature drip irrigation, more raised planter beds, an outdoor class room, storage shed, a rain collection system and a compost demonstration area.
- Increase students’ access to fresh, local, sustainable and nutritious fruits and vegetables
- Beautify the campus and create a safe, communal gathering place
- Foster student leadership
- Foster entrepreneurial skills and forge business-community ties by marketing and selling surplus produce
- Provide students with valuable work experience in agriculture and horticulture
- Build strong community ties and increase social interaction and civic participation
- Encourage student self-reliance
- Increase self-esteem, self-confidence, and education of students
- Promote healthier communities
- Demonstrate the benefits of organic farming and environmentally sound horticultural practices
- Provide teachers and students a resource on ecological systems, garden care, landscaping principles, watering and plant maintenance