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FAI Supports New Campus Garden

The creation of a new education and community garden on campus begins this year under the leadership of the Environmental Studies Institute and with the support of the Food and Agribusiness Institute as well as the College of Arts and Sciences and the Ignatian Center.

The garden will soon bloom on the vacant lot at the corner of Benton and Sherman streets, just one block from Lucas Hall.  On Friday October 23rd at 2:30 p.m. the Environmental Studies Institute is hosting a Garden Planning Party.  Everyone is invited to come and share their ideas for the content and design of the garden.

If you are unable to attend the Garden Planning Party, there will be other opportunities to attend work parties and workshops offered throughout the year.

The Bronco Urban Garden (BUG) program, a new environmental justice outreach initiative, will utilize the garden to serve the greater community. BUG will work with several community-based organizations and schools to help build and nurture community and school gardens in San Jose, improving community food security and environmental literacy. 

BUG is hiring three fulltime and six part-time AmeriCorps members and is part of a major new AmeriCorps hub in the south bay called the Health Corps. The Health Corps consists of eleven organizations and is hiring a total of 14 full-time and 28 parttime AmeriCorps positions for school garden, community garden, urban farm, and farm to school programs. (see http://www.healthtrust.org/svhealthcorps/apply.php for more information) 

BUG Americorps members will help build new gardens (including SCU’s garden) and will provide teacher training, garden assistance, gardening resources and educational program support for our community partners. The neighborhoods that will be served this year include Gardner, Washington, Alma, and Alviso.

BUG is tied to the Arrupe Partnerships for Community Based Learning. There will be multiple opportunities starting this fall for students to do Arrupe urban gardening placements with BUG partners.  In the winter quarter ENVS 196 Environmental Education Praxis will be focused on school gardens. Students can earn academic credit working with BUG school garden partners by enrolling in the class.

For more information email bug@scu.edu

Material for this blog post contributed by Patrick Archie, Environmental Studies Institute.

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