Sarah Sharp’s “Community Garden and Cafeteria Project” at Junction City School received a $500 Grants in Place award for her students to participate in the revitalization and repurposing of a dormant garden site that will help feed the children and families of the school.
Our California Grants in Place program is made in cooperation with our Northern California Hub, and grant funding was provided by North State Together and the Rural Schools Collaborative. California State University, Chico is a co-anchor for the Northern California Hub.
We are pleased to provide the following update from Ms. Sharp:
“[The grant money] has allowed us to get our school garden back to operational status. We used the money to install timer operated irrigation systems so that our garden can thrive throughout the summer and be full of veggies for us to harvest when we return to school in August. We have spent the first spring days repairing the irrigation system, cleaning and prepping the garden beds, and taking inventory of tools and supplies. There are still frost warnings here in the mountains so we have not planted our seeds or starters yet, but that will take place in the next few weeks.
We look forward to learning about nutrition, plant biology, and teamwork as we tend to our school garden. Once we return in August, we will harvest from our garden and use the food to supplement our school lunches as well as share our bounty with the families of students and staff.
Thank you for supporting our rural school.”
We invite you to read this earlier update on the “Community Garden and Cafeteria Project." Thanks to Sarah for keeping us posted on this project. Folks have had a challenging year in northern California, and special thanks to North State Together and California State University, Chico for their support of our Grants in Place program.
We invite you to learn more about our 2018-19 Grants in Place program! Also, we encourage you to check out our web section on the value of place-based education.