Blooms on the brain for Calif. students

The California Fertilizer Foundation (CFF) announced that the latest school garden grant winners. As the foundation celebrates its sixth year of awarding school garden grants in California, six schools receive grants in first quarter of 2005. School garden grants are blooming at elementary and high schools from Chula Vista to Trinity Center.

From kindergartners to the Carpentry Club, gardening at Castle Park Elementary in Chula Vista is a community-wide endeavor. With the help of their fifth-grade tutors, the kindergarten students maintain fruit, vegetable and herb gardens on campus. The fruits of their labor are enjoyed during Parent-Student luncheons and school wide events. The gardeners have also developed a “Feed a Friend” vegetable garden and its produce is donated to low income families in the school population. In addition to learning about gardening and helping others, the garden at Castle Park has also supplemented the science, art, writing, literature, math, nutrition, poetry and music lessons for all students.

According to Ellen Blumel, the garden representative at Haynes Street School in West Hills, the school garden has helped students learn about nature and where their food comes from.

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