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Community Garden

The community garden allows on-campus residents of University Housing and Residence Life to experience the joys of gardening. We are funded through the Residence Housing Association (RHA).

About the Garden

The RHA Community Garden is located on SW 12th and Montgomery, across the street from the Stephen Eppler student housing. The garden was established in 2005 and since has enabled on-campus residents of University Housing and Residence Life to plant and harvest a variety of fruits and vegetables year-round. The garden holds around 40 plus plots including a Freshman Inquiry class plot, University Honors Program plot, and an upcoming RHA plot. In addition there is a community Native Garden that is a certified wildlife habitat, an herb garden, a wide variety of fruit trees, and a large strawberry patch. For leisure the garden has a small patio area with chairs and tables, a picnic table with benches, and a barbecue. A small sandbox was built for the little ones to play in while their parents mend their gardens. A tool shed contains all necessary gardening tools and gloves and is accessible with the same key as the garden gate. The community garden is a wonderful place to learn basic as well as advanced gardening techniques in a safe and supportive environment. The Community Garden Coordinator is expected to facilitate garden work parties and other events, as well as establishing a healthy gardening space and relationships to the gardeners.

What does a garden plot look like?

Each gardener is assigned a plot (typically 40 - 60 square feet) in which they can grow anything he or she wants. There are also community spaces that are tended to by the whole community garden. The community spaces contain trees, bushes, herbs, and other plants that are hard to grow in individual plots due to space limitations.

Who can get a plot?

On-campus residents of  University Housing and Residence Life.  We do have limited availability for FRINQ classes, student organizations, or departments that are partnered with RHA or University Housing and Residence Life and contribute to the learning environment of the residence halls.

How do I get a plot?

Plots are assigned on a revolving timeline. To get on the waiting list for a plot, please fill out this application and send it in an email to the garden coodinator psucg@pdx.edu.  If you are want to submit a group application for more than one person to manage the plot (i.e. FRINQ Live/Learn community, or Urban Honors community) than please fill out this application and send an email to the garden coordinator at psucg@pdx.edu.

What can I put in my plot?

Almost anything! We discourage gardeners from planting things that tend to spread out of control (such as blackberries, morning glory, or ivy). The garden is organic, so you can't use non-organic fertilizer, weed sprays, or other toxic chemicals.

How do I contact the Garden Coordinator?

The garden coordinator's email address is psucg@pdx.edu.