The value of Community Gardens at the Technion is based on the Hebrew premise:
‘A garden builds a community, a community builds a garden’
While most Technion faculties emphasize engineering standards, community gardens have a special role in promoting environmental awareness and principles of sustainability.
Becoming proactive in community gardening projects is more tangible and is easier to relate to as compared to performing essential recycling activities such as saving electricity and actively recycling water and paper, for example.
Benefits of Community Gardens:
- Represents a tangible expression of sustainability on campus
- Provides opportunities for socializing and a familiar community framework for both Israeli and international students.
- Promotes a sense of belonging.
- Is a source of fresh and cheap organic vegetables, herbs and fruit.
- Accommodates practical and hands-on learning frameworks.
- Builds environmental awareness and encourages environmental stewardship.
The gardens have both "common areas" with shared upkeep and individual plots, growing a variety of vegetables, herbs and fruit trees. The community gardens are located at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and at the following housing complexes:
- Graduate Student Village
- Junior Staff Housing Complex
- Rifkin Dormitories
The fruits and vegetables grown in the gardens are intended for the members who are cultivating and maintaining them. Regular meetings are held to discuss maintenance issues and other topics of concern, as well as social gatherings, including the celebration of the festive Tu’B’Shvat holiday, which are typically accompanied by light refreshments and samplings of successful yields.
For more information about how to get involved in a community garden project please contact the Social & Cultural Activities Unit at: firstname.lastname@example.org