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COCC Collaborative Garden

The Collaborative Garden at Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is a student led initiative, dedicated to the cultivation of an inclusive environment of shared knowledge and resource where people can learn to grow and grow to learn.  Over three years of planning and development have been invested in this project, and we are proud to announce that ground was officially broken on the project on November 22, 2013.  The Garden Club at COCC was awarded $16,000 from student government for the project, and students have raised an additional $800 in cash donations and $400 in plant sales.  In addition, the Collaborative Garden Project has received more than $16,800 in in-kind contributions of materials and labor.
Offering education and experience in the care and cultivation of organic food and native plants, our garden functions as an interdisciplinary outdoor classroom.  Students, alongside members of the community, have the opportunity to take on new leadership roles, developing teambuilding along with garden-building skills!  We have gone great lengths to ensure our garden is available to anyone who wishes to participate and have designed specific beds to be ADA accessible.  Interpretive signage throughout the garden communicates the collaborative theme of the project, encouraging visitors to learn and get involved.
Our Garden provides fresh, healthy, and affordable food options to students on campus. We have partnered with local food banks to ensure a portion of our produce is available to families in need, who often must compromise on nutrition for affordability.  We provide to the community vegetable, ornamental and medicinal plant starts and seeds at our frequent campus plant sales.  Our garden is designed with areas for native vegetation as well, to ensure our pollinators and seed dispersers are well fed along with us.

Where it's at:

2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
United States

Garden type:

college garden

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Garden beneficiaries:

food insecure people and students, faculty, and community

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What this project needs:

fruit bushes
fruit trees
watering hose
garden cart
compost bin

Project leaders:

Karl Burnett
Sean Glantz

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606