At the beginning of 2013,
Las Posas Elementary School in Camarillo started gardening on its steaming hot
blacktop in recycled coffee sacks, polypropylene grow bags and any kind of
container the students could get their hands on--even jeans converted into "pocket planters"! They created something amazing out of almost nothing using
teamwork, creativity and resourcefulness.
One cubic yard of soil from
Agromin got the growing off to a great start. It wasn’t long before classes
signed up to plant potatoes above ground, set up space-saving vertical systems
on the fence and to grow large bags of exotic greens with fun names such as
“Tatsoi,” “Mibuna” and “Mizuna.” Over 250 students took part in various
“When school began up
again the fall, we got permission to move our garden to a new area in the
center of campus, off the blacktop,” says Cindy Rajhel, volunteer garden
coordinator. “We’re thrilled to receive Agromin’s generous donation of
premium soil. Quality soil is the most important aspect of a successful garden
and now we can focus on inspiring young people to grow their own food, enjoy
nature and learn gardening, research and conservation skills that will last a
Las Posas now has two large
raised beds, an 8-foot square planting table that can accommodate an entire
class’ planting projects, and observation areas for drawing and collaborating.
The new Garden Club for fourth and fifth graders is popular at lunchtime
offering challenging activities and an opportunity to relax and share ideas.
Upcoming projects include an “herb wheel,” succulent showcase, potato plot,
strawberry patch, butterfly lure and zen garden.
Many of the students live in the adjacent military housing complex. Children
are introduced to healthy and fascinating plants and herbs such as kale, Brussels
sprouts, amaranth and borage. They learn about composting, beneficial insects
and companion plants. “Some children are discovering, for the first time, how
foods grow and this naturally entices them to try something new!” says Sue
Sigler, Las Posas’ principal.
To help out the school
garden with a tax deductible donation, contact the Las Posas Elementary School
office at (805) 482-4606.
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