Linfield College Community Garden

About the Garden

The Linfield Garden is a gathering space for interdisciplinary experiential learning serving as a model for sustainability by connecting the Linfield Community with the food system and providing healthy, local and organic food options to the campus community.

Working in the Garden

The Linfield Garden History

The garden at Linfield started as a student initiative supported by the Garden Club on campus. Since it's inception in 2009, the garden has served as a living-learning laboratory for students, faculty and staff to learn about sustainable local agriculture. Currently the garden is managed by a student garden coordinator, a work-study position through the college. A Garden Council of students, faculty and staff are charged with advising the garden effort. Students are welcome to volunteer at anytime, but should first get acquainted with the garden practices through one of the monthly garden workshops.

A Word from Lily Ratliff '12, Garden Club Founder:

"The reason I decided to take on this project stemmed from volunteering at the Salvation Army Community Garden. I grew up helping my step dad around our yard, and when I started volunteering in McMinnville, it felt like a little taste of home I brought to my new home (Oregon). I live in Salt Lake City and don't get to go home very often, so I felt like I had found my niche in Oregon. I was talking with Chad Tillberg at the beginning of the year about how much I liked volunteering there and he suggested starting a gardening club on campus, so I did. Throughout the year, I have learned SO MUCH about the process of building your own garden. 

I think it is important to recognize how much work goes into growing carrots, for example. With the way our food system works today, a lot of us are not aware of where our food is coming from, or what is being put into our food etc. Growing up eating almost completely out of my family's garden made it interesting coming to Linfield and eating out of body could tell the difference in 'freshness.' It was an eye opener to me that not everyone gets fresh food from their garden year round. The reason for this is because it's much easier to go to the grocery store and buy a can of beans rather than grow them yourself, clean them, clip them, freeze them, thaw them, and then cook them. I think there is a lot the garden can educate students about, but it's also a matter of students wanting the information.

The garden club has been a lot of work, and there is a lot more to it than I imagined, but it has been a great extracurricular learning experience."

Linfield College Sustainability Garden Club

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