More than 50 family members from El Camino School joined together with principal, Liz Barnitz, and representatives from the S’cool Gardens program on Saturday, Sept. 29, to participate in the school’s garden workday. The day’s work included completing planter boxes, a compacting a new decomposed granite pathway, spreading mulch, and preparing for the garden’s first planting season this winter.
The El Camino garden is one of nine school gardens in GUSD that is sponsored through a generous S’cool Garden grant from the Orfalea Foundation. The grant is coordinated and supported by staff and students at Santa Barbara City College. The college provides oversight of all nine GUSD gardens and several other school gardens throughout the county. Each garden is staffed by a Garden Education Manager (GEM) who works with teachers providing hands-on instruction about gardening, agriculture and nutrition to students at the school. Students participating in the garden program follow the full cycle of planting, growing, harvesting, and tasting produce thoughout the year. On a periodic basis, the GUSD school gardens even provide school-grown fresh fruits and vegetables our schools’ salad bars.