Bronco Urban Gardens
In 2009, Santa Clara University’s Environmental Studies Institute collaborated with AmeriCorps (Silicon Valley HealthCorps) and seven other regional organizations to launch the Bronco Urban Gardens (BUG) program.
Since its conception, BUG has promoted environmental education and healthy nutritional habits for families in marginalized communities. Bronco Urban Gardens is a Santa Clara University (SCU) outreach program that serves urban schools and communities, with a special emphasis on San Jose's Washington neighborhood.
BUG is a garden-based education program, serving children, teachers and families in marginalized communities, with several interrelated goals that include:
- Development of organic gardens and garden projects that partner with the community to increase access to healthful food and promote urban sustainability and environmental and food justice
- Enhance ecological literacy and community health through garden and nutrition education and training programs
- Provide community-based learning opportunities for SCU students (serving the Experiential Learning for Social Justice Core requirement and SCU's mission)
- Create new models and strategies for just and sustainable community development, with a focus on social justice and sustainable urban food systems
To meet these goals, BUG has developed three hubs, each of which address the program's goals in unique and complementary ways. The BUG hubs are:
- SCU's educational Forge Garden
- Gardner Academy Garden
- Washington Elementary Garden
Nicole T., mother & community member
Elvia Casas, CORAL Site Supervisor