FAQS and Resources
Biology faculty member Mark Brunell was the first Garden Director, and with his research students, he created the beds in the original Robb Garden. In the process, he made a set of useful instructional videos on various aspects of gardening. These are an excellent resource for Pacific gardeners and the wider public alike.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is involved in Pacific's gardens?
Students, faculty, staff, and the wider community are involved in the gardens. Faculty, for example, have developed pertinent curriculum to supplement classroom instruction. Other participants include Bon Appetit, Pacific's dining service, which has committed to buying and cooking with produce harvested from the garden. In addition, local master gardeners, interns, and volunteers take part in the garden.
Where is the Robb Garden located on Pacific's Sacramento campus?
The garden is located between the Geosciences and Communication buildings on South Campus.
Are the gardens organic?
Pacific has made a commitment to growing food organically; we do not use chemical pesticides or herbicides, or genetically modified organisms.
How are the gardens funded?
Whole Foods MarketTM Co-CEO Walter Robb gave a generous gift to fund the initial construction and operation of the Ted and Chris Robb Garden, while Bon Appetit Management Company provided funds for the Native Plant Garden. Additional funding was provided by Don Shalvey. The Board of Regents provided a grant to support the creation of the Sacramento Community Garden. Some funds are obtained through sales of garden produce and value-added products. There is also an ongoing fundraising program to support the Pacific Garden Program.
Links to other garden programs:
• North Carolina State University Community garden: http://nccommunitygarden.ncsu.edu/index.html
• Denver Urban Gardens http://dug.org/: Community gardens with youth education, events, andtraining programs. Offers resources on making healthy changes in neighborhoods.
• Eagle Heights Community Garden http://www.eagleheightsgardens.org/: Regularly updated website for a community gardenin Wisconsin. Complete with their purpose as well as resources, tips, and example events.
• Indiana University Bloomington's Campus Garden Initiative Blog: http://iugarden.wordpress.com/
• American Community Garden Association (ACGA) http://www.communitygarden.org/index.php: Updated blog on the university's campus garden initiative.Offers daily to weekly updates on garden involvement, resources, and volunteer opportunities.
• The Greening of Detroit http://greeningofdetroit.com: Urban gardening and agriculture programs that supportsoutdoor education and trains youth and adults for jobs in forestry and agriculture. Includes environmental service projects for greening neighborhoods and communities.
• Ecology Center UC Berkeley http://www.ecologycenter.org/: System of community gardeners who provide supportand share resources with school gardens and local communities. Actively seeks to improve society through stewardship, urban agriculture, and partnerships with other organizations. Their aim is to integrate organic food and produce to elementary, middle, and high schools in the regions and educate about nutrition, composting, ecology,and food systems.