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.

BUG Garden Clubs

Arrupe Weekly Engagement Program

Garden clubs support children and families' involvement in the care and maintenance of their school garden, while providing undergraduates with community-based learning opportunities.

BUG Garden Clubs

Arrupe Weekly Engagement Program

Garden Labs

Partnership with The Ignatian Center

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

Garden Labs

Partnership with The Ignatian Center

Produce Delivery & Outreach

College of Arts & Sciences 100-hr Internship

BUG interns coordinate a weekly produce delivery from the Forge Garden harvest to the families living at HomeSafe and support the 2016 HomeSafe container garden project.

Produce Delivery & Outreach

College of Arts & Sciences 100-hr Internship

 

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PROGRAM GOALS

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Involvement Opportunities

  • 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
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Community member & mother

Nicole T.

"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!"

Community Partners 

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CORAL site supervisor

Elvia Casas

"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."

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.

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Contact Us

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