Learning Gardens Laboratory

COVID-19: Important Updates!

As the world grapples with response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, a focus on local resiliency, particularly in regards to robust, equitable food systems, is essential. Food and agricultural activities are considered “essential critical infrastructure” by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of the Department of Homeland Security. Beyond national security, we need to ensure food security, particularly among our most vulnerable populations. We are striving to build resilience into our local food systems during these uncertain times. The sustainable agriculture and educational activities at the PSU Learning Gardens Laboratory are more vital than ever.

The Learning Gardens Laboratory provides significant amounts of fresh, high-quality, affordable produce to the local community each year. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, in-person educational activities and volunteer opportunities have been suspended for the time being so that all of our human resources (LGL staff) can be focused on food production and distribution, following strict health and safety protocols. LGL staff and volunteers have planted hundreds of seeds from a diverse array of vegetable varieties, and we will host our first, socially-distanced plant sale on Saturday, April 25. Details will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages, and we’ll send email updates to our LGL listserv.

Although our annual Earth Day celebration—2020 Earth People’s Fair—has been cancelled, we are reminded that every day is Earth Day! As traffic congestion has dropped, fresh air and urban wildlife have emerged, and people are reconnecting to each other and the natural world in new, deeper ways. We encourage you to take this time to reflect on the gems hiding within this crisis.

As the growing season continues, we will continue connecting with other community-based organizations to distribute plants and produce. You can support our efforts by making a tax-deductible donation today.

Cultivating a sustainable future through
garden-based education

Our mission

The Learning Gardens Lab supports academic achievement, leadership development, and local sustainable food systems by providing multicultural, interdisciplinary, intergenerational, and experiential garden-based education for public school students and their families, university students, and community members.

All programs at LGL are coordinated by a staff team of graduate students in the Leadership for Sustainability Education program

Donate! Want to make a tax-deductible donation to LGL? Donate here.


What we do  

And more! View a full overview of the LGL.

Want to visit with a group? 

Bring a group to LGL for a garden-based education tour, a service-learning activity, or other educational experience. We can work with you to customize a learning experience that is just right for your group. To make arrangements, contact our volunteer coordinator at lglvolunteer@gmail.com. We request a $5/per person donation to LGL for all group visits. 

Want to volunteer?

We’d love to have you! Visit our volunteer page for weekly drop in hours and monthly work party dates.


The LGL is located in SE Portland on 60th Ave (across from Brentwood Park between Duke and Flavel)
6801 SE 60th Ave. 
Portland, OR 97206 USA