An amazing community service project combined the efforts of several of our partner organizations to enhance our education programs and site. The result was 12 large raised planter beds to be filled with herbs, vegetables, pollinator-friendly flowers, and an heirloom dahlia collection. Using a basic design and layout configured by UC Davis Extension Master Gardeners, volunteers from the Young Farmers and Ranchers and Regional San staff spent a Saturday constructing the beds. Sacramento Academic Vocational Academy (SAVA) students installed the beds, and the Elk Grove Garden Club adopted several of the beds for planting and ongoing maintenance. Visiting students will be able to get their hands dirty, discovering the green thumb hiding within. The gardens will utilize compost from our bins and recycled water produced by Regional San. They will provide students with opportunities to learn how food is produced, from dirt to dinner. Additionally, our floral gardens illustrate the critical role of pollinators in food production.
Volunteers from the Elk Grove Garden Club designed and planted our flower beds.
Student volunteers from SAVA high school laid irrigation in the beds.