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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.

Garden Clubs

Garden clubs support children & families' involvement in the care of their school garden, while providing undergraduates with community-based learning opportunities as set by partnership with SCU faculty.

Garden Lab

Designed to enrich K-5 curriculum set by elementary educators, this garden-based science program, in partnership with The Ignatian Center, guides children in hands-on explorations, data collection, & discussions as they develop skills for scientific inquiry.

Produce Delivery & Outreach

BUG interns coordinate a weekly produce delivery from The Forge Garden harvest to the families living at HomeSafe and support their container garden project.

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Program Goals

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.

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Saturday Story Time at The Forge

Join BUG for a magical morning of stories and garden play this spring! Children of all ages are welcome. Space is limited and spots are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Community Partners 

  • FACULTY: Contact Program Coordinator/Educator, Lisa Martinez, to integrate community-based objectives or ELSJ requirement for your courses.
  • STUDENTS: Contact Program Coordinator/Educator, Lisa Martinez, or projects on food justice/environmental justice for academic course credit.
  • INTERNSHIPS: Make a difference in the local community. View internship opportunities on the Center for Sustainability's Open Positions page. Jobs are for those interested in public health, early education, human services, and environmental education.

502 Illinois Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125

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.  

 

100 Oak Street, San Jose, CA 95110

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 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.

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.

Contact Us

Email bug@scu.edu or Lisa Martinez, BUG Educator.

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