The Spartan Garden: Soil to Seed to Plate

The Healthy Youth Program at the Linus Pauling Institute has partnered with Corvallis High School (CHS) to develop the Spartan Garden, which serves as a place-based outdoor learning resource for the school. In the Spartan Garden, students of all ability levels learn where their food comes from and the value of eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Students have access to food grown in the garden in a variety of ways and learn to understand the important link between a healthy environment and a healthy lifestyle.

A Special Thanks to Our Donors!

  • Tim & Starleen Wood Foundation
  • Juan Young Trust

Now Growing

Spartan Garden is now in its third growing season! Healthy vegetables and fruits are grown and used by students at CHS for healthy snacks during lunch and break, in the school cafeteria, during our Chefs in the Garden summer camp, and during our Fresh Grown Cooking for Families program.

Spartan Garden as a Learning Resource

The Spartan Garden provides an easily accessible outdoor learning resource, where connections can be made to multiple disciplines. The Healthy Youth Program’s Garden Education team is working with CHS students and teachers to make these connections. Click to learn more and read about recent garden projects.


Many adolescents have developed unhealthy eating habits and eat few or no fruits and vegetables on an average school day. According to the Oregon Department of Human Services, only 18% of 11th graders in Oregon consumed the recommended 5+ servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Click to learn more about our background.