Mission: The RCC Community Garden intends to make healthy, sustainable food available to our community through education and practice. We strive to develop small footprint garden plots by utilizing local materials and considering the local climate and soil conditions. We will enable the education of RCC students by providing outdoor laboratory space. We support students and community members interested in sustainable gardening methods and ultimately we hope to contribute to an effective and accessible local food system.
Where is the garden located? Next to the Math and Science Building on the RCC campus. Look for the white gazebo!
How to get involved: The RCC community garden is staffed by volunteers who prepare, plant, and care for the garden. Volunteers are not expected to arrive with garden expertise. The students, staff, and faculty who already volunteer in the garden will train you to improve your gardening know-how. All volunteers get the chance to improve their gardening skills, but those who volunteer at least eight hours per month (two hours per week) also get a share of the crop!
We currently have volunteer work days on Tuesdays from 7-9am, Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30pm and Sundays from 7-9am. You can either contact the garden manager (contact info below) or just show up to a work day. Additionally, we will have a free produce market every Thursday beginning at 11:00am in the breezeway of the Math and Science building. Fruits and veggies are free to all - first come, first served!
If you'd like to support the garden but are unable to volunteer, here is a link to our wish list:
Community Garden Wish List
Faculty: Interested in having your class introduced to the garden? It is a wonderful spot to have your students hone their creative writing skills, practice French vocabulary, or even discuss the disparities between people of differing socioeconomic levels. To utilize the garden space in your class, contact the garden manager (contact info below).
Garden manager contact information:
RCC Life Sciences Department
Office location: MTSC 323
Office phone: 951-222-8180
FAQs (Have a question? Lots of them are answered here!)
Tree list (with approximate harvest dates)
Seasonal planting guide (summer crops vs. winter crops in the IE)