Posts Tagged ‘California’

Carpinteria School Creates Healthy Food Program

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

photo by David Petrie

Carpinteria High School in Santa Barbara County, California has developed a healthy food program that started with an organic garden. The students quickly embraced the garden and the program has continued to grow. The school’s horticulture class tends the garden every couple of days, the veterinary science students contribute their stable sweepings to the compost pile, the culinary class uses the food grown in the garden as does the cafeteria where lunch is prepared daily using the fresh organic produce.

The garden was started with the support of Carpinteria Unified School District Superintendent Paul Cordeiro who believes that health and education are related, and that garden and culinary classes play an important role in the quality of student’s lives. Carpinteria’s healthy food program continues to grow with plans for a new culinary kitchen where adult classes will also be offered and an on-campus community garden made available to families.
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Old El Toro Airbase Becomes $1.4 Million Great Park

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Planting has begun at Great Park in Irvine, CA located at the old El Toro airbase, which occupied the land from 1942 through 1999. Prior to the base opening in 1942, farmers grew lima beans and grain crops on the fertile land. Now as part of a $65 million construction plan, this $1.4 million project will return the land to its roots. The park will include a 100 acre working farm designed to provide fresh, locally grown organic produce to the public and to area food banks. A community garden and farmers market are also planned.

A glimmer of Great Park emerged last year, when a 2 acre parcel was dedicated to a farm and food lab project which was welcomed by the community. Master farmers from the University of California hosted workshops and created themed gardens. Now as the former military base is undergoing its large scale “reawakening”, the fields are being planted with barley to strengthen the soil in preparation for future crops and the farmers market should be operating within a year.
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