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Cascade Learning Garden

May 1, 2020 update

The Cascade Learning Garden is closed during the PCC closure. See our virtual gardening events during the closure. We hope to see you fall term!

Cascade learning garden

The Cascade Urban Learning Garden promotes interdisciplinary academic achievement, leadership development, and sustainable food systems. Within the garden we provide meaningful experience in nature, experiential education, and life-long learning opportunities for PCC students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Our learning garden is unique in its central campus location and demonstration of small-scale urban food production. Year-round a combination of raised beds and in-ground beds grow a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and fruit. Food justice is at the heart of our learning garden and all of our harvested produce goes directly to our students via the Panther Pantry.

We are committed to the health of our community, our wildlife, and our planet. The cascade urban learning garden is no-spray natural as we believe even organic-approved sprays can harm wildlife. Did you know 1 in 3 bites of food we eat are courtesy of pollinating insects? (Source: Bee City USA) From blueberries to zucchini insects pollinate a wide range of food crops. We are actively creating sustainable habitat for pollinators including a 100 square foot pollinator garden to provide food for bees, butterflies, beneficial bugs, and hummingbirds. We are proud to be a Bee Campus USA college. 

The Cascade Urban Learning Garden uses drip irrigation as the primary mechanism for watering. Drip irrigation minimizes water consumption used in irrigation by reducing evaporation. Fun fact: our pollinator garden is drought-tolerant and requires no supplemental irrigation. 

A vibrant and vital hub for learning, health, wellness, and connection to the environment awaits you in our learning garden. Please join us for an event, class, or volunteer work party.