Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

About Newberg Center

Newberg Center
  • The building is designed to be Net Zero, Carbon-Neutral, producing as much energy as it uses.
  • The building was the first net-zero higher education building in Oregon and the second in the United States.
  • Awarded platinum level LEED-NC certification, (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design with a special focus on new construction.)
  • The building systems consists of passive ventilation, radiant heating, natural daylight and solar energy, and incorporate a variety of green-building materials.

Newberg Center Learning Garden

Proposed shed design

Phase II: Building a foundation for our cob shed

Phase I: Installing irrigation system

Join us as we build a cob shed for the Newberg Center Learning Garden! This will be a community and volunteer based project guided by PCC staff, faculty, and students. If you have wanted to learn about construction and particularly building with natural materials we offer an inclusive and supportive place to gain new skills.


During spring term, PCC Newberg Center's Learning Garden will be hosting cob & community building events that offer an opportunity to get involved with the garden, meet your community, exchange knowledge, and develop hands-on experience in natural cob building. It's also a great opportunity to build resumes, portfolios, and volunteer hours.

Please consider bringing friends and family and passing along the invitation to anyone who might be interested. There will be refreshments and kids are welcome, unless noted on the event. Please bring a water bottle and wear clothes that can get a little dirty, boots or shoes that can get muddy, and a rain jacket is great idea too.

Other events in the garden, include Weeding and Learning, Planting Parties, pollinator related activities, caring for the permaculture portion of the garden that features berries, fruit trees, and other edibles, and some Seed Exchanges.

Let's share in the experience of continuing the creation of this beautiful community space and active learning lab, that will also be a food producing garden, provide wildlife and pollinator habitat, and serve as a tangible example of sustainable food systems. We look forward to seeing you there.

Please see the calendar below for specific event dates and times. If you would like more info or you'd like to confirm for the event please contact moonrose.doherty@pcc.edu. Your help in spreading the word is appreciated.




Here is the initial plan created for the Learning Garden. It is the product of student research, staff and faculty design brainstorming, community input, and Seed Garden Designs. By getting involved with the Learning Garden, you can help grow community and share in the experience of continuing the creation of this beautiful communal space and active learning lab, that will also become a food producing garden, provide wildlife and pollinator habitat, and serve as a tangible example of sustainable food systems.

Coordinator: Moonrose Doherty

Moonrose Doherty is the PCC Newberg Center Learning Garden Coordinator and will be implementing the third phase of the Garden’s master plan, organizing volunteer work parties, installing raised beds, and continuing completion of the cob shed. Moonrose will play a crucial role in the continued development of the Learning Garden as she builds connections with faculty, staff, and students to integrate the garden into classroom activities, programs, and events at Newberg Center. Moonrose will also be leading development of the Garden in conjunction with input and involvement from the Newberg community at large and community stakeholders. Moonrose brings to the position extensive experience in environmental education, sustainability, community engagement, and connecting the public with their natural environment. She has over ten years of project management experience in solid waste, reuse, food systems, toxics reduction, education and outreach, and analysis of sustainability programs. Moonrose enjoys inspiring people to make connections and develop an appreciation for plants, food, farming, communities, and the natural landscapes in which they exist and has volunteered with Sauvie Island Center and Metro's Volunteer Naturalist program. Moonrose is part of the Grow Portland Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship program, studies Permaculture Design, and volunteers with Friends of Trees as a Neighborhood Coordinator and with SCRAP PDX as a materials specialist. In her limited spare time she practices community-building, xeriscape landscaping, permaculture, organic gardening, and raising chickens and worms. She is overjoyed at the opportunity to continue progress on the Learning Garden that will be a beautiful community space and active learning lab, as well as a food producing garden, providing wildlife and pollinator habitat, and serving as a tangible example of sustainable food systems.