Bronco Urban Gardens
Let's Grow Together!
Often referred to as BUG, Bronco Urban Gardens is the food justice initiative of Santa Clara University’s Center for Sustainability, based out of The Forge Garden, and works in solidarity with marginalized neighborhoods, supporting their urban garden projects and spaces, to create hands-on learning experiences for students of all ages and backgrounds, including SCU students. BUG provides technical support and garden-enhanced education that serves to increase ecological literacy and raise nutritional awareness as well as food access.
- Support Campuswide Community-Based Learning Initiatives: BUG provides community-based learning opportunities for undergraduates, which support Arrupe Weekly Engagement, student projects, service learning events, and coursework seeking to fulfill the Experiential Learning for Social Justice (ELSJ) Core requirement.
- Build Inclusive Learning Models: BUG supports engaging learning spaces and inclusive garden-based curriculum for school aged children in underserved schools and marginalized communities of Santa Clara County.
- Explore Food Justice at the Community Level: BUG builds on local partnerships and works in solidarity with surrounding neighborhoods, in order create mutual learning experience that promote inquiry and dialog for more just and sustainable food systems.
- Join the BUG mailing list!
- Sign up your department or team to coordinate volunteer project at a BUG hub
- Student projects for academic course credit
- Service learning events for student clubs
- Build out curriculum to support ELSJ requirement or community-based learning project
Community member & mother
"I have observed the tremendous benefits that have resulted from the residents’ involvement in Garden Club. My own child, who is usually reluctant to eat anything that isn’t covered in frosting, has actually tried and enjoyed many healthy foods!"
CORAL site supervisor
"It was great collaborating with BUG to bring garden club to my CORAL students in our expanded learning program. The CORAL students as well as my instructor loved have SCU volunteers helping students to learn about the garden."
BUG partners with Gardner Academy to coordinate technical, educational and volunteer support for their school garden. Our partnership includes coordinating with teachers and administration, parent leadership as well as the extended care organization on campus.
BUG partners with Washington Elementary to coordinate technical, educational and volunteer support for their school garden. Our partnership includes coordinating with teachers and administration, parent leadership as well as CORAL, the extended care organization on campus.
BUG delivers a portion of the Forge’s weekly harvest and provides garden-based programming for the women and families living at Homesafe, a transitional housing facility for survivors of domestic violence.
The Forge Garden
The Forge Garden is home to BUG operations, supporting growing efforts at all BUG hubs and providing a space for HomeSafe garden-based educational programming as well as a field trip location for schools working with BUG.
Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
The Ignatian Center coordinates with BUG on a variety of student engagement projects, which includes Arrupe Weekly Engagement our longest running community-based learning for social justice program. In the 2018-2019 academic year, the Ignatian Center is joining BUG to implement the Thriving Neighbors Initiative within the Gardner community, supporting Garden Lab and providing additional programs to the children and families at Gardner Academy.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Martinez, BUG Educator.