We’re always looking for opportunities to connect with different parts of the UVic community, be it through academics, clubs or advocacy groups. The gardens are a great site for all kinds of activities from art to entomology. Email ccgarden[at]uvic.ca if you’re interested in doing a project in the garden.
UVic School of Environmental Studies
Since 2008, a number or Environmental Studies classes have conducted field exercises at the campus community garden.
ES 200 (Introduction to Environmental Studies) students have completed tutorial projects in the garden. Projects have included building raised beds and cold frames that were given to elders of the Beecher Bay First Nation. The students also worked on our native plant garden, constructed new compost bins, a cold frame, a raised bed, a driftwood bench, bee and bird habitats, a rainwater collection system, a native plant garden, vegetable seedlings, a new coat of paint on the picnic table and an improved entrance way.
ES 321 (Ethnoecology) students explore course concepts by contributing to the maintenance of a camas (Camassia spp.) garden and learning about seed propagation, bulb division, weeding, and mulching.
ES 429 (Urban Ethnoecology) includes a lab exploring and building hot compost, sheet mulches, and vertical gardens.
ES 481 (Introduction to Permaculture Design) students cover the origins and theory of Permaculture, and get an introduction to permaculture design methods. Students in the group called Camas Collective created a permaculture design specifically for the Campus Community Garden as part of their class project!