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What’s Growin’ On – Fall 2019

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What’s Growin’ on at PCC?

The Learning Gardens of PCC welcome you to Fall!

Fall term is an important transition for us here at the PCC Learning Gardens as we preparing for harvests, and the cool, wet weather that’s to come. It’s a time for reflecting on the bounty of fall, the meaningful connections we have made, and the great projects we’d like to see for this coming academic year. 

Our first such project is this district-wide newsletter! We’ll be sharing out from each of our spaces at the start of each term – you’ll learn about on-going garden and sustainability projects, and ways you can get involved.

2019- 2020 Learning Garden News 


Students and staff were awarded a “Eco Social Justice Grant” (ESJC) to create a learning garden at the Cascade campus, and the project is in full force, including the hiring of Cascade’s first garden coordinator.
Learn about the history of the space, and connect with:

Contact: Learning Garden Coordinator Jolie Donohue


Over this Summer at the Newberg Center Learning Garden student Mikaila Albright welcomed to the team to complete a crew of two. Many projects are underway to create a welcoming space for friendly garden critters including a Mason Bee Hotel, milkweed planting, and pesticide-free weed suppression. Tremendous support from community volunteers and staff make this evolving garden possible. we’d like to announce that Corrie will be ghosting her position as Learning Garden Coordinator after October 30, which means Newberg will be needing someone else to develop garden ideas and projects.

Contact: Lynn Montoya Quinn 

Rock Creek 

Student involvement is a critical element at the Rock Creek Learning Garden. As described in a recent student-written article, “courses that allow students to collaborate with the garden provide a pragmatic, hands-on educational experience.” To read the full article, and learn more about how ESOL and Health classes participated in the garden last year, check out the PCC Sustainability Student Hub.

Contact: Learning Garden Coordinator – Miriam Latzer  


Our staff will be getting the garden ready for winter over the next few weeks, and we would love your help! We have all the supplies you’ll need (gloves and tools) to help us clear out summer growth and ensure the space is ready for the cold. Join us Tuesdays from 10:30am-12:30pm or 3-5pm, or Saturdays 2-3pm! Not able to make those times but still interested in helping? Reach out to us at selearninggarden@pcc.edu to learn about other options.

Also, consider joining this year’s Food Justice Club led by Abi & Hunter. Find them on Panther Hub.

Contact: Learning Garden Student Advocate- Yasmin Mohamed 


Did you know that you have a learning garden?

What is a learning garden? A learning garden is a place to help connect folks to the land, to food, and community.

Come eat your lunch on the bench, enjoy bird watching, come meet the fish, or host a pizza party with our cob oven.

In the learning garden we also grow food for the Panther Pantry. There are beds available for faculty, staff, and students to grow food too!

Your learning garden is located beside the track and across from Parking lot 13. Feel free to sample anything in the garden and if you have questions reach out. If you love plants or want to learn more about identifying plants please join us. Have questions? contact Tara Violetta or stop by HT 205.

For Learning Garden Volunteer Work Parties drop by the Learning Garden during our weekly work parties to participate in a variety of gardening projects. Stay for as little or as long as you like, or simply stop by to see what’s going on. The Learning Garden weekly activities are: Tue/Wed 12-2pm Oct and Wed 12-2pm NovAll tools and snacks provided and feel free to bring your lunch!

Find out more on our website and subscribe to our newsletter


For more information contact: Tara Violetta 

Contact: Environmental Center Coordinator – Peter Ritson (929) 464-4443

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