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The Forge Garden

Established in 2008, the Forge Garden is a ½ acre educational, organic garden that serves the campus as a space for course research, service learning, and sustainable food production.

Operating within the Center for Sustainability, the Forge Garden provides a living laboratory for exploration of environmental impacts and social justice surrounding the food system.

The Forge Garden currently has six chickens, four beehives, a 400 sq.ft. greenhouse, a compost center, over 20 fruit trees, over 15,000 sq ft of garden beds, a public commons, and an aquaponic system.

The garden is open 5 days-a-week for public engagement. There are service learning opportunities year-round, a weekly farm stand, a large variety of workshops, and special events. Dozens of academic courses utilize the Forge each quarter, bringing students to the garden for labs, tours, lectures, and observation.

The Forge Garden is utilized as an outdoor classroom, research space, and living laboratory. In the 2014-2015 academic year, 47 classes were held at the Forge, as well as reserach and student projects, totaling 63 academic use events from the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering, the Leavey School of Business, and the Experiential Learning for Social Justice Program. Below is a list of some academic courses that have engaged students at the Forge:

  • ARTS 150: Black and White Photography
  • BIOL 21: Introduction to Physiology
  • BIOL 113: Microbiology
  • BUSN 198: Internship/ Practicum
  • COMM 30: Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
  • COMM 120A: Environmental Communication
  • CTW 1: Critical Thinking & Writing
  • CTW 2: Critical Thinking & Writing
  • ELSJ 23: Careers for the Common Good
  • ENGL 6: Radical Imagination 
  • ENGR 19: Ethics in Engineering
  • ENGR 110: Engineering Projects Community
  • ENVS 21: Introduction to Environmental Science
  • ENVS 22: Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ENVS 23: Soil, Water, Air
  • ENVS 116: Introdcution to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • ENVS 132: Agroecology 
  • ENVS 196: Forge Garden Practicum
  • Liberal Studies
  • TESP 43: Catholic Social Thoug

The Forge Garden engages the community through a variety of workshops, events, and programs. The garden organizes several quarterly workshops about a variety of gardening and farming topics, acts as a program hub for Bronco Urban Gardens, serves as an Arrupe Engagement site for the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education's community-based learning objective, hosts other service-learning and team-building activities.

Previous workshops held at the garden have covered the following topics:

  • Raised Bed Building
  • Container Gardening
  • Winter Fruit Tree Pruning
  • Backyard Beekeeping
  • Backyard Composting
  • Backyard Chickens
  • Vermicomposting (worm composting)
  • Summer Planting
  • Landscape Water-Wise
  • Tomato Pruning and Care

The garden also participates in special events related to Food Day, Campus Sustainability Day, and Alumni Service Day, as well as hosting annual programs like plant sales, the Fall Harvest Party, Spring Open House, and the Sustainability Celebration. 

**To organize your own service day, tour, or event, please contact the Garden Manager at theforge@scu.edu a few weeks in advance. 

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  • Get to know the new Forge Garden and BUG program staff

    We are so excited to introduce our new Forge Garden Manager, Katharine Rondthaler, and our new BUG garden educator, Lisa Martinez. Read on to see where they come from and what they each bring to their crucial roles at SCU and the greater Santa Clara community.

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Open Hours

Drop-in Volunteer Hours:
Wed, Thur 2-4 pm, Fri 9-11 am
Other times by appointment only
Weekly Farm Stand:
Fridays 11:30 am-1:30 pm


For groups of 5 or more who would like to volunteer at the forge, please email theforge@scu.edu after viewing available times on the calendar.

Forge Garden Location