Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon


Lettuce at the Farm Stand Greenhouse before Greenhouse after Flowergram bouquet Vegetable starts Flowergrams Garden staff posing at an end of the year party Beehives Vegetables and people at the weekly farm stand People working in the garden Girl harvesting veggies Elaine Swanson with radishes

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The Rock Creek Learning Garden promotes interdisciplinary academic achievement, leadership development and sustainable food systems. The garden provides experiential education and life-long learning opportunities for PCC students, faculty, staff and community members.

The Learning Garden ​grows​ vegetables, flowers, and fruit on 3.6 acres and is managed by Nora Lindsey. Within this space, there are 35 raised beds for farm stand and cafeteria production, 16 community beds, and ~1 acre in row cropping. The garden features ​an orchard, beehives, ​compost bins, an earthen oven, worm nursery, and a sustainable designed cob tool shed. Food harvested from the garden is sold at our weekly farm stand​ and​ ​donations are also made to the Rock Creek cafeteria and Women's Resource Center Canteen.​ Volunteers are encouraged to take food home through the volunteer rewards program. Check out our volunteer page for more information on how to get involved.

You can also view our 2015 Annual Report.

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2016 Garden Highlights

See all of our accomplishments over the past year!

Future Plan for the Learning Garden

Elaine Cole, the Sustainability Coordinator, wrote a Green Initiative Fund Grant in February 2014 called, Designs in Learning: Building Capacity at PCC Rock Creek’s Learning Garden. The main goals of the grant were to:

  • Update the current Learning Garden plan,
  • Create a vision for future development and enhancement opportunities for the garden, and
  • Develop schematic level design drawings for a covered outdoor classroom and a utility building.

This Learning Garden Master Plan (2015) is the culmination of two years of engagement with PCC students, staff, and faculty. Scott | Edwards Architecture, Lango Hansen Landscape Architects and Fortis Construction helped complete the process. The Rock Creek Sustainability Office is currently seeking a funding source to cover the $675,222 bring this project to fruition.