The Courthouse Garden was a new addition to the University of Oregon in spring of 2010. This 2-acre garden had been located east of the Federal Courthouse in Eugene. A once-vacant and marginalized lot had been transformed into a productive and beautiful garden. Students got a hands-on opportunity to learn how an urban garden like this is cultivated as well the social services it provideds. All students attending University of Oregon were welcome to enroll in the class. Classes were held during the Spring, Summer and Fall terms.
The Courthouse Garden was dedicated to transforming lives through the work of growing food together for those in need. The social mission of the garden continued with re-entry clients and at-risk youth. The Courthouse Garden teamed with Committed Partners for Youth, Network Charter School and MLK Education Center to bring UO students and youth together in the garden.
Federal Judge Ann Aiken and the Federal Re-entry Program generated inspiration for The Courthouse Garden. The garden had been designed and built by countless volunteers and students, under the leadership of Professor Ann Bettman and Adjunct Instructors, Lorri Nelson and Robin Seloover.
Volunteers were always welcome to lend a hand during Saturday work parties! This site is no longer managed by the University of Oregon after their three year lease expired, and the property was sold by the City of Eugene.