Los Arboles Middle School Garden
Los Arboles Middle School in Marina has a diverse population with a motto of "community of caring." We partnered with Monterey Bay Aquarium with a program called "project based science" with the school garden.Our caring community wants to reduce plastic pollution on campus and build school gardens as an "ocean guardian grant school." The new boxes will now also be used by our severe to moderate autistic, development disabled, language impaired and special ed students who have very specific needs. They do a weekly cooking demonstration so they would benefit from growing the food right outside their door. In my 8th grade science class we cook and test elements in the soil so we really need more planter boxes. STEM students would also do labs in the garden and art would like to do paintings. We have a few boxes but not enough for all 400 students to do all their activities.
From the first picture it's an established and important part of their education. From the second picture you can see that all that is currently growing is a few weeds so they are more like sand boxes than planter boxes. The third picture shows our greenhouse, weather station and the open sand dune where the new boxes would be installed so all 400 students could benefit and learn from garden activities.
Fortunately, local farmers and sponsors in Salinas (of the world famous Salad Bowl down the road), said if we got this grant and could build more planter boxes, they would match the funds in form of providing the nutrient rich soil and seeds. However, we need funds to build raised planter boxes that are lined to keep out gophers.
We appreciate this consideration to make a positive difference in the lives of our students.
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