Lincoln Garden

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Lincoln Garden, located at Lincoln Elementary School in South Corvallis, is a gathering place for children and families to learn the connection between a healthy environment and a healthy lifestyle while growing, preparing, and enjoying fresh produce.  During the school day, Lincoln Garden is an outdoor classroom for Lincoln Elementary students.  Healthy Youth Program garden educators provide garden-based activities connected to state standards that enrich curricula at each grade level.  After school, Lincoln Elementary students participate in Lincoln Garden Club, where they explore the joy of gardening and taste its rewards. Volunteers from OSU, Lincoln parents, and the community help to maintain Lincoln Garden through weekly work parties, and excess produce is sold at reduced prices through the School Garden Veggie Box Program. Visit the sections below to learn more about Lincoln Garden! 

Nutritional information for fruits and vegetables grown at Lincoln Garden can be found here: Garden Signs.

Classroom Connections

students at lincoln schoolClassroom Connections at Lincoln Garden aims to:

  • Integrate garden learning into the classroom curriculum
  • Increase place-based learning experiences related to classroom curriculum
  • Increase student’s connection and relationship to nature
  • Increase student’s knowledge of where their food comes from
  • Provide new food experiences to students and encourage them to taste fresh produce
  • Teach children about the importance of making healthy food choices

Kid Friendly Gardening Tip: Kids like veggies that they can eat raw. Plant colorful, fun varieties like cherry tomatoes, lemon cucumbers, mini-bell peppers, easter egg radishes and dinosaur kale!

Kid Quote: "I've never liked this but now that I eat it straight from the ground, it's so good!" --Lily Blue

Volunteering at Lincoln Garden

Regular volunteer opportunities are available at Lincoln Garden for:

  • Parents of Lincoln Elementary School students
  • OSU student groups
  • High school students 
  • Corvallis Community members 

Please contact Caitlyn Reilley for more information: caitlyn.reilley@oregonstate.edu

NEW: Monthly Garden Work Parties at Lincoln Garden!

Tend, Mend & Mingle

Lincoln Elementary 

Lincoln Garden presents: Tend, Mend, and Mingle

8am-10am in the Lincoln School Garden on the 1st Thursday of the month

(No meetings Dec & Jan) 

NEXT WORK PARTY IS FEB 1

How to Volunteer:

2. Come out to the Garden
3. Meet & check in at the school office & sign your volunteer waiver 

The Healthy Youth Program invites you to join us, after school day drop off, once a month for Tend Mend and Mingle in the Lincoln Garden ... These will happen on the first Thursday of the month, and will be a chance to gather to work on garden-related projects, and build community through hands-on/minds-on service learning projects.  These are intended for families (including children) of the Lincoln School Community as well as for members of the larger South Town community to work and share in the garden together (no Lincoln school kids will join us on these days in the garden: we have other opportunities for them to learn, explore and work in the gardens).

All participants will check into the school office prior to volunteering, and sign a project volunteer waiver with the Linus Pauling Institute (provided upon arrival).  Garden Projects will be led by the Healthy Youth Program Garden Team.

Please contact aliesje.king@oregonstate.edu with any questions.

Our Garden Story

The Lincoln Garden, located in the heart of the South Corvallis community, is one of the longest-lived school gardens in the Corvallis area. It was established more than 15 years ago! Nestled between Lincoln Elementary School and the soccer fields, this garden has a rich and varied history of care and use. 

Many community members and organizations have tended the garden alongside Lincoln students over the years. Some of these include Corvallis Environmental Center’s Edible Corvallis Initiative, former Corvallis Parks and Recreation AmeriCorps service member, Ronjon Datta, and South Corvallis resident, Cheryl Good. Cheryl originally began a Lincoln Garden webpage and more details on the earlier garden can be found there

In September 2012, the Healthy Youth Program took on the role of managing the Lincoln Garden, and it was utilized mainly for after school programming with the Lincoln Lion’s Den. 

In the spring of 2013, in collaboration with Lincoln administrators, the Healthy Youth Program was awarded a generous grant from Spirit Mountain Foundation to reinvigorate this South Corvallis gem. In keeping with Cheryl’s original intent to provide a garden space for both children and the greater community, we set out to not only double the garden’s growing capacity, but also to increase and diversify its use. 

Our vision is for the Lincoln Garden to become a highly valued community resource where students and their families come together to grow, harvest and enjoy healthy, freshly harvested produce. We are well on our way thanks to the help of many community volunteers!  Interested in helping?  Please visit our volunteer page.