Sustainability

Urban Farming

  •  Campus Community Gardens

    Broadway community gardenStudents, staff and faculty can grow vegetables and herbs in their own 4 x 8 foot raised bed. Raised bed users are responsible for planting, maintenance and harvest during the growing season. Hand tools, watering cans and hoses are available at each site. Gardeners can receive free vegetable starts at the Grounds Department’s April Earth Day celebration. 

    There are two campus community gardens. The Chardin Community Garden is located next to the sidewalk between Chardin Hall and the Seattle University Park. It has 15 raised beds. The Broadway Community Garden is located south of the Broadway Garage at the corner of Broadway Ave. and E. Columbia St. It has 12 raised beds.

    To sign up for a raised bed, contact Janice Murphy.

    CitySoil Farm

    Student working at the Urban FarmCitySoil Farm is a public/private partnership between our Environmental Studies program and King County. The farm delivers environmental education, promotes resource recycling and provides food for the community.

    The 1.5-acre farm, located at the King County Wastewater Treatment Plant in an industrial area in Renton, helps people make informed decisions and develop innovative solutions for food challenges. The farm provides a platform for shared knowledge, non-traditional land-use and the art of salvage. Holistic management practices incorporate ideas from permaculture, biodynamic agriculture, organic, wetland ecology and forestry.

    Seattle U students spend time on the farm as interns and volunteers and in work study programs. South Seattle middle and high school students attend workshops at the farm to learn about food systems.

    Over three growing seasons, this unique farm has donated more than 8,000 pounds of produce to a Renton food bank.

    Watch a video or see photos of the farm.

    For more info or to volunteer, contact Allison Mountjoy.