Mt.San Antonio College Agricultural Literacy Trail Sustainable Home Gardening Plots
The recently constructed 'Sustainable Home Gardening Plots' garden site is part of a project on the "Farm" at Mt. San Antonio College entitled "Agricultural Literacy Trail". The overall objective of this project is:1. To promote, position, and help enhance Mt. SAC as one of the nation's leading/premier community colleges that offer a comprehensive Agricultural Program; 2. Create an Agricultural Literacy Trail to educate and recruit students; 3. Create and publish age-appropriate, standards-based curriculum to be used by visiting teachers; 4. Raise community awareness about Agriculture in California and around the world.
This one of a kind project is being developed in phases, without school district funds, to demonstrate agriculture, ornamental horticulture, irrigation, farm equipment, and farm and domestic animals to the public. Volunteers from the community, including students, faculty, and staff are providing labor. Donations of plants, materials, supplies, and monetary gifts are essential for completion and to the maintenance of this important undertaking.
This grant application is specifically addressing the "Sustainable Home Gardening Plots" garden site which is part of the "Trail" project. This recently built site (3 weeks) has fifteen 4' X 16' raised beds utilizing recycled and reclaimed materials to demonstrate to homeowners and gardeners how to reuse materials effectively, and how to farm efficiently with the space they have available. Square foot gardening, crop rotation, row planting, vertical planting, hydroponics, and other new "alternative" gardening methods will be maintained year round. Water conservation, proper planting methods, timing, harvesting, and storage will be demonstrated to teachers, students and to the public.
The 100+ senior citizen students enrolled in the 5 weekly classes in 'Home Gardening' I teach In the Education for Older Adult/Continuing Education Program at Mt SAC, will be directly involved in all aspects of growing, maintaining, touring others, and healthy eating from this garden site.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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