Sustainability

LC Learning Garden in July

LC Learning Garden LEWIS-CLARK STATE COLLEGE, 816 7TH STREET

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Lewis-Clark State College Learning Garden is to establish an operational learning environment that facilitates the teaching of lifelong skills while supporting the concept of sustainability and a healthy community. Hands-on classes and research conducted in a vegetable and herb garden simultaneously provides organic and locally grown produce to area food banks and schools.

SUSTAINABLE GARDEN PRACTICES AT THE LC LEARNING GARDEN

  • Repurposing campus bricks to build garden structures
  • Volunteers and class projects to help build, maintain, and harvest garden
  • Soil, compost, and manure from campus or local community sources
  • Plant starts from garden volunteers, Backyard Harvest, and North Idaho Correction Institution greenhouse
  • On-site compost area
  • Demonstrating permaculture design principles in herb spiral structure
  • Demonstrating space, time, and resource efficient square foot gardening method 
  • Solar powered strands of lights on Lydia’s Lilac Memorial tree
  • Incorporating flowers that attract pollinators/deter pests: Butterfly bush, lilacs, and marigolds

Spring 2015

The summer and fall of 2015 will be the first big growing season for the LC Learning Garden!! Last spring, NS150 students started with permaculture herb spirals. In the fall, LCSC partnered with the non-profit, Backyard Harvest; with their support and the efforts of LCSC students, faculty, and staff, we are ready for a great season of service and learning.

We aim to use sustainable garden practices to grow fruits and vegetables that will provide a local source of healthy, fresh food for low income residents in our community. This year’s plans are to provide food to on campus TRiO programs and local food banks while enhancing campus service and learning experiences for LCSC students.  Please, help us take care of the garden and keep the food in place for those who are experiencing food insecurity.  If you are in need of food, contact us and we will do our best to help support you and connect you with local resources.

We are open to more teaching and learning opportunities; please, contact Jeanette Gara-Betzold at jegara@lcsc.edu or 208-791-5573, if you are interested in utilizing this space. If you would like to learn more about volunteering and receiving part of the garden harvest, contact Jeanette or Lilly ljragan@lcmail.lcsc.edu.

Garden with Partner's Logos