Goleta Family School Harvest Festival

On October 15th, Goleta Family School hosted a garden workparty in concert with the school’s traditional Harvest Festival to revitalize and enhance the garden.
Over 80 parents and students showed up to lend a hand in their school garden. The huge install day included the creation of an ADA path, new redwood raised beds, a passion fruit pergola, three trelli for fruiting vines, an outdoor stump classroom, and the building of lots of fertile soil. It was a great mix of food, music, and hard work. All the kids pitched in with mini-sized shovels, rakes, and spades. Huge piles of decomposed granite, mulch, and soil disappeared in a few hours, confirming the old adage that ‘many hands make light work’.
Slowly but surely the garden is growing into winter. Since the workparty, students have planted a mandarin, fig, and papaya tree. In addition, students have planted mesclun greens, red lettuce, onions, shallots, fava beans, sugar snap peas, red and golden beets, carrots, cilantro, thyme, mint, oregano, and an assortment of flowers.
Community workdays are an essential part of the s’cool Gardens’ mission. Through community building, spreading gardening knowledge, and having fun, the program seeks to foster the longevity of garden programs throughout SB County. The generous support of many local businesses including, Healing Grounds Nursery, IV Food Co-op, Goleta Island Feed and Seed, and Bagel Café, also contributed to the success of the GFS garden. Thanks to everyone who created such a wonderful event!

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