The Forge Garden engages the community through a variety of workshops, events, and programs. The garden organizes several quarterly workshops about a variety of gardening and farming topics, acts as a program hub for Bronco Urban Gardens, serves as an Arrupe Engagement site for the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education一道本不卡免费高清's community-based learning objective,and hosts other service-learning and team-building activities.
The garden also participates in special events related to Food Day, Campus Sustainability Day, and Alumni Service Day, as well as hosting annual programs like plant sales, the Fall Harvest Party, Spring Open House, and the Sustainability Celebration & Champion Awards.
Forge Advisory Board
2015-16 marked the first year of The Forge Advisory Board. The advisory board consists of faculty, staff and students that are committed to The Forge Garden mission. The goal of the advisory board is to to promote and advocate for The Forge Garden in SCU community and to support mission and plans of the Forge Garden. The board has helped make discussions about workshops held at The Forge, the workplan for the student apprentices and farm stand pricing structure.
Nothing beats a quiet afternoon in the garden! Drop by The Forge Garden for open volunteer hours. All are welcome. Possible activities include planting winter crops, building compost piles, spreading mulch, harvesting and seeding in the greenhouse. Come ready to work with sturdy shoes, a hat, sunscreen, a water bottle and clothes that can get dirty. Questions? Contact Katharine at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you in the garden!
Is your group looking to get outside, learn a new skill, and bond over worms? Contact us at email@example.com if you would like to schedule a volunteer service group. We work with RLCs, on campus staff departments, student clubs, local high schools and other interested groups.
Best Buddies program
The Forge Garden and SCCAP have partnered with Santa Clara County Office of Education students with disabilities. Students work alongside young adults with disabilities in the garden on a weekly basis. Volunteer tasks included mulching, sweeping, and weeding. Each quarter ends with a garden party celebration.
In the 1950’s Santa Clara was the third largest fruit production region in the country but most agricultural land has been lost due to development. SCU campus is home to hundreds of fruit-bearing trees that often go unharvested and create nuisance for university landscapers. To prevent the removal of these historical trees, staff and students created the “Glean Team”. The program is a collaboration between the Forge Garden, the Forge Garden Club, Property Management, Facilities and the two Campus pantries. Fruit bearing trees on and off campus were surveyed and mapped using Tableau. Students collect fruit and distribute to the food to pantries on campus and a local shelter. In addition, the Forge Garden supports the campus pantries by providing farm bucks and garden produce donation.
The monthly Forge Fridays Cooking in the Garden is a chance for our community to come together to harvest, cook and eat a meal made from the garden. Our hope to to educated students, staff, faculty and community members on many ways to cook the various fruits and vegetables that we grow in the garden. By sharing a meal in the garden we create a stronger and healthier community. Forge Fridays are free and open to all! Check our calendar for dates and details.