• Huntington Beach High Schoolers Are Serious about Sustainability
    Thursday, May 26, 2011 at
  • Take a 75 x 75 patch of land with weeds seven feet tall, one dedicated high school teacher with a passion for organic soil and sustainability and a classroom full of eager-to-learn high school students and you can see the results in full bloom at Huntington Beach High School.

    Teacher Greg Goran, a former Huntington Beach High School student himself, has been teaching social studies at the school since 2002. While his main area of expertise is U.S. History and AP World History, he has brought another one of his passions to the classroom: sustainable living.

    Greg and his class of 30 students cleared a patch of overgrown land, prepped the soil and planted an organic garden containing raised beds of companion plants. Agromin donated 10 cubic yards of mulch and 20 bags of vegetable planting mix to give the garden a healthy start. The garden contains varieties of tomatoes, corn, squash, beans, artichokes, onions, cabbage and peas. One area of the plot is filled entirely with California native plants.

    Over spring break, Greg built a greenhouse where he hopes to produce hydroponic plants one day. He and his class are in initial stages of building a vermiculture (worm composting) area. One of his students is even raising praying mantises from eggs to release into the garden for organic pest control. Plans call for "green walls" (vertical gardens) on two sides of the garden.

    Greg’s class does more than organic gardening. It is also responsible for recycling efforts for the entire Huntington Beach High campus. It collects an average 350 to 400 pounds of California Redemption Value (CRV) recyclables and 5,000 to 6,000 pounds of comingled recycling each month from the campus.

    “The students’ eyes have really been opened to a number of issues facing the planet as well as ourselves on a very local level,” notes Greg. Congratulations to Greg, his sustainability class students and Garden Club for their achievements at Huntington Beach High. Agromin is glad to help!

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