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! Learn more about Lincoln Garden’s progress by visiting our school gardening and family gardening pages.

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Third grade students preparing a meal ingredients for the Lincoln Stone Soup, served on Oct. 24th Food Day. Third grade students preparing a meal ingredients for the Lincoln Stone Soup, served on Oct. 24th Food Day.
Students in third grade preparing an ingredient to go in the Lincoln Stone Soup recipe, served to the entire school and their families on Food Day, held on October 24th.
Students preparing a meal. Students preparing a meal.