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VISTA Post #8: Community Support for School Gardens

Our first community workday at Clarke Middle School was a blast, not to mention a huge success! More than 20 CMS students and their parents and siblings, plus one entirely unaffiliated volunteer who belatedly confessed that he thought he was at Alps Elementary, showed up to help complete a plethora of tasks in and around the garden. We had a group of parents and students clean the hanging gardens, which were in a highly neglected state, then fill them with soil and transplant brassica babies. We had one very determined parent and his daughter clear out the summer garden to prepare it for winter cover cropping. People helped transplant lettuce and seed carrots, beets and cilantro; the greenhouse was cleaned and organized; the compost pile turned; wood chips brought to the front of the building; flowers planted in a space cleared next to the feed shed; trash and debris picked up and hauled off; and much, much more! Thanks to everyone who helped out, the garden is looking as spiffy as ever (this has been confirmed by Wick Pritchard, long-ago CMS VISTA and holder of the highest GIKI standards), if not spiffier than it has ever been! (This has also been confirmed, although not wholeheartedly, by the aforementioned Wick).