garden clean-up at our Learning Garden

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Last week 75 UCLA students arrived to the steps of our school, ready to lend a hand.  They were inspired by 9/11 and President Obama’s call to service, organizing activities all around the city.  We were lucky enough to get a group to help on our campus.   When asked if I could use a few hands in the garden, I gladfully accepted.

They cleared out all the weeds, in the beds and the exterior areas.  They amended the soil, laid paving stones donated to us last year, and cleared an area where we plan to start composting.  In two hours, they did more work than I could have done all year.  The day was a hot one, and the sun beat down on their shoulders and backs, but they continued the work diligently, asking if there were other activities they could help with. Thank you so much UCLA!! Your hard work was greatly appreciated!

Now our garden is ready for a new year, ready to be planted and enjoyed by the children.  This year I will have a regular schedule in the garden, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8-11.  We will begin composting, with a traditional composter and a worm bin.  The fourth grade science curriculum has a unit on decomposing and the teachers are excited to be able to use hands-on activities to explain this topic, which is hard to understand in theory.

Also new this year, we have raised beds in the Pre-K yard, where the classes have easy avcess to the garden.  In years past, they have used a bed far away from their class and the children could not watch the garden progress.  This way, they can watch it every day and incorporate the garden into daily activities.

We are planning a productive active year in the garden this year and thanks to our UCLA volunteers, we can start right away!  Hurray for the Grand View Learning Garden!!

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2 Comments on “garden clean-up at our Learning Garden”

  1. Nona
    September 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm #

    wow- marvelous! What a great boost for all of you!

  2. Maria Alamillo de Ramirez
    September 16, 2009 at 9:59 pm #

    Melissa, you are the best. Long live the garden because of you.

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