Mount Gleason Middle School
Mount Gleason Middle School was originally built with over an acre of agricultural property. The site has water at every bed and has shaded work surfaces nearby. Due to funding limitations in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Los Angeles Unified School District dropped many programs from its curriculum. As a result, these fabulous gardens and learning opportunities went fallow.
Farming’s Future helped interested students get involved reinvigorating these gardens after school providing a casual, educational and inclusive curriculum. The success of this program was measured by an increase in school attendance since student participation was dependent on being in classes through the end of the school day.
Sepulveda Middle School – Descanso Gardens Tour
This one-day event is designed to augment Special-Ed department’s ‘good behavior day’ field trips. Descanso Gardens consists of an exceptionally sensitive, creative and helpful staff who designed a half-day adventure tour for these students. Lunch was held onsite among the heavily forested park-like picnic areas
Stonehurst Elementary School
Alice Debbaudt provides an important link to teachers who are interested in developing class time instruction in the campus gardens. These programs include organic gardening and horticulture as well as arts and crafts utilizing nature’s resources. Some of the students are interested in design and technology such as building fences and benches from tree limbs that can withstand the weight and movement of occupants, while other students are interested in collecting lavender buds and stems, stitching the flora into sachets. All of the students enjoy the fruit and vegetable tastings from their own school garden. Mr. D, the principal, is a strong and devoted advocate for garden curriculum. The students, teachers, parents and community appreciate his enthusiasm, excellent leadership and ability to open the classroom door and take a walk with the students into the gardens. http://stonehurstes-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/
Verdugo Hills High School Service Learning
Verdugo Hills High School participates in the Service-Learning Program mandated for graduation within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Farming’s Future’s Bolton Hall Project is now an approved project within this scope.
Students research basic horticulture and plant identification to discover for themselves what is appropriate in their micro community. They conduct research and analysis of basic economic questions, marketing issues, business plans and work among and with diverse groups (government, business, youth, seniors, peers, non profits, and the museum members and board) who have a variety of needs that are not always the same. In completing the students’ program, they organize and communicate their findings directly to their onsite mentor and selected faculty and to community members who are interested and participated in the program – all in accordance with the Service-Learning requirements.
This program is designed to augment the fund-raising efforts for the Bolton Hall Museum,. All of the plants these students research and grow are donated to the Bolton Hall Museum’s annual plant sale. The funds are used to pay for electricity and general maintenence and upkeep of the building which is described in detail in the Bolton Hall Program.