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PCC Rock Creek Learning Garden

Visit the organization web site: www.pcc.edu/RCLearningGarden

What We Do

Sowing Seeds, Growing Minds, Cultivating Community: The Learning Garden is a 3.6 acre plot of land on the PCC Rock Creek Campus that includes 51 raised beds, 1 acre of vegetables and flowers, a cob tool shed with solar powered irrigation, an earthen oven with a green roof, an apple orchard, blueberries, and public art pieces throughout. We grow food for the cafe, a farm stand, and for our volunteers.

 
Opportunities for service with us

Whether you are interested in business, ecology, construction, marketing, art, sustainability, or wellness, we have a place for you at the Learning Garden. We always have a diverse array of projects in which community based learners and volunteers can engage. Current projects include: 

  • planting,
  • constructing an informational kiosk for the garden entrance,
  • writing business plans,
  • developing marketing materials,
  • running our farm stand,
  • designing and installing a grape and berry patch
  • developing systems in campus greenhouses to grow food year-round (hydroponics and hoop house growing)
  • harvesting delicious vegetables  

No experience is required to participate at the garden.  We have a crew of students who volunteer rain or shine throughout the year. The Garden is open on a continuous basis for community-based learning students and others. Depending on your interest and needs, we welcome help for anywhere from one afternoon to many months at a time. Still not sure if we are the right fit for you? Contact us and we’ll be happy to speak over the phone or in-person about the details, and we can also give you a tour of our space.  

We work hard and play hard. We often host garden potlucks, bake in the earthen oven, and have themed work parties. Our team is supportive and will help you learn and grow your skills.

Contact
Elaine Cole, Ph.D., Sustainability Coordinator
971-722-7635
Elaine.cole16@pcc.edu
17705 NW Springville Rd
Portland, OR 97229 Directions
Bus Service
Take the MAX blue line (Hillsboro) to 185th Willow Creek Station then board the 52 bus going to PCC Rock Creek Campus.