The Service-Learning Program, in partnership with on-campus colleagues and community partners, offers a course on school gardens (FHS409 The Schoolhouse Garden). It is taught by landscape architect Lorri Nelson and master gardener Robin Seloover. As a service-learning course, “The Schoolhouse Garden” class combines academic rigor with hands-on experience. The class, offered to UO undergraduate students in spring, summer, and fall, covers topics such as hunger and food insecurity, sustainable food practices, and best practices in school gardens, as well as landscape design and execution. Plenty of face time with the kiddos is included!
The Schoolhouse Garden is 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. With help from UO, Edison, and the community at large, we are building 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