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Learning Garden

September 10, 2012

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.

Goals

  • 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