Our newest Community Outreach Project will step up our work with San Diego City and County schools to teach children how to grow and maintain a crop, whether flowers, fruits, or vegetables, in raised-bed gardens. Plants are easily accessed in raised beds and can be easily moved to other locations within the school grounds if needed. Students working together enhance their leadership and teamwork skills while encouraging discipline, respect and trust. Harvesting a “bounty” will excite students about growing their own food, and studies show that children who grow their own fruits and vegetables tend to eat more of them.
All lessons in life are in a garden!
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SCHOOL GARDEN PROGRAM Cultivating Hearts and Minds, One Garden at a Time By Kathy Esty
Florence Elementary School
In the fall of 2017, we partnered with the Florence Elementary School in Mission Hills. The Florence Elementary School Garden serves as a living laboratory for all students to come experiment, learn and grow. Children get to go outside during the school day to learn plant life cycles, healthy eating, and social skills as well as enjoy the space for snack and reading time. The garden has recently been certified so the “bounty” can be served in the cafeteria. Now trained teachers can take their classes to harvest for the salad bar and the whole school gets to enjoy the fruits of their labor and learning. Cassidy Callahan, also known as the Garden Lady uses her background in Environmental Science to guide the growing Florence Elementary School Garden. She shares her knowledge and experience with educators to link outdoor activities with their curriculum in a fun and hands-on way. This garden is the hub of the school experience by everyone with attends Florence Elementary School.
Cabrillo Elementary School
In the summer of 2018, we partnered with Cabrillo Elementary School in Point Loma. Cabrillo Elementary School created a “Reading Garden” in a small area outside Room 12. Students as well as teachers sit among the newly planted varieties of flowers and vegetables for a quiet escape. The gardens are changing all of the time. New flowering/fragrant plants will be introduced as the seasons change. The children are happy to get their hands dirty to make this area the choice spot on campus. Future plans for this area are to install new planters along the chain link fence and to bring in native plants. They have big plans for this “little garden that could”. Many thanks to Mr. Farley and his students for their efforts to make this tranquil place a reality for all to enjoy. Keep up the good work!
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Mission: To promote the knowledge and appreciation of horticulture and floriculture in the San Diego region.