The Ted and Chris Robb Garden
Why a Garden?
With the donation of a generous gift from Regent Walter Robb in fall 2011, Pacific was able to establish a campus student garden that is strengthening its commitment to embedding sustainability in the curriculum, co-curriculum, and University operations. The Ted and Chris Robb Garden on the Stockton campus builds on the Regent-funded community garden established the previous year on the Sacramento campus. The Ted and Chris Robb Community Garden is named for Regent Robb's two sons, who are Pacific alumni.
Vision for the Ted and Chris Robb Garden: The garden is intended to be a teaching and learning laboratory for students to explore the interconnectedness between themselves and their environment; learn principles and practices of gardening that can enrich the rest of their lives; enjoy the value of shared hard work with the benefit of reaping the products of their labor; and participate with faculty, staff, students, and interested others in the neighboring Central Valley to develop a visible project that enacts the principles of responsible environmental action that are the core of our University-wide Learning Outcome for Sustainability.
Agriculture and food production are part of the history and culture of the California Central Valley particularly in and around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta with its rich peat soils ideal for farming. A patchwork quilt of farms provide most of the almonds, apricots, asparagus, grapes, rice, and tomatoes used in California and the United States. Our campus garden provides a connection to the land, to our community heritage, and to the food systems that sustain us.
The Ted and Chris Robb Garden provides an outdoor common space that facilitates discussion, reflection, and interaction between Pacific students, faculty, staff, local farmers, and other members of the Stockton community. Throughout the year, the garden provides opportunities to learn about gardening and plants, sustainability, nutrition, and food systems and to build community through the garden work.