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. Students from the Sacramento Academic Vocational Academy (SAVA) students planted and maintain five vegetable and herb beds, while students from SIA Tech South Sacramento Charter High School took on three additional kitchen garden beds. Volunteers from the Elk Grove Garden Club adopted two beds to establish a yearround pollinato garden and another two for an heirloom dahlia garden. 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.
Student volunteers from SAVA high school laid irrigation in the beds.