Miriam Latzer, Learning Garden Coordinator
17705 NW Springville Rd., Portland, OR 97229
The Rock Creek Learning Garden promotes interdisciplinary academic achievement, leadership development and sustainable food systems. We provide experiential education and life-long learning opportunities for PCC students, faculty, staff and community members. Just a fewexamples include: our partnership with ESOL classes to create an annual three sisters garden, growing 500 marigolds with CAMP (PCC – College Assistance Migrant Program) for Dia de Los Muertos, garlic planting with volunteers from Salesforce, or establishing cover crops with students in the Environmental Studies and Resources department.
The Learning Garden grows a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs on 3.6 acres. We make our food available through a variety of on-campus programs including: Volunteer for Veggies, Portlandia FarmStandia, PCC Dining Services sales for vouchers, the Panther Pantry, and Seed to Supper classes.The garden features an orchard, beehives, composting, an earthen oven, worm nursery, and a sustainable design cob garden shed. We are modeling efforts at the Sylvania Campus to strengthen our food justice efforts by forming a cohort of champions trained in providing information about SNAP, and participating in a pilot to include several healthy and affordable menu options at our school cafeteria.
The garden is free and open to the public. Rock Creek campus is served by several Trimet buses, and paid parking is available. Please feel free to stop by and say hello!