The Service-Learning Program, in partnership with on-campus colleagues and community partners, will offer a course on school gardens. It will be taught by Lorri Nelson and Robin Seloover, two experienced landscape architects behind the successful Courthouse Garden project, which is ending this year. As a service-learning course, “The Schoolhouse Garden” class will combine academic rigor with hands-on experience. The class will be offered to UO undergraduate students this spring, and will cover topics such as hunger and food insecurity, sustainable food practices, and best practices in school gardens, as well as landscape design and execution.
With assistance from The School Garden Project, The Schoolhouse Garden will also be a teaching garden for students at Edison Elementary school, who will also be learning about food justice, nutrition, and sustainability practices, all while bringing their lessons in science, math, language arts, and social studies to bear on their work in the garden. To put their learning into practice, UO students will work alongside teachers, students, and families of Edison Elementary, building and growing the garden.
The fresh organic produce grown at Edison Elementary will be used to feed students whenever possible, and also donated to local non-profits focused on feeding our neighbors. As part of their service-learning curriculum, Edison students will decide which community groups to partner with. An AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer will help facilitate the class and service components, perform outreach, and work to build a sustainable program that will benefit our Eugene community and students of all ages for years to come.
The Schoolhouse Garden featured on KLCC: UO Students Bring Garden to Elementary School
A recent write-up from our colleagues at A&AA: Garden Begins New Partnership
Some good press for our garden from Flux Magazine: An Edible Education