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Summer 2015 Paver Path Project

July 3, 2015
Thanks to Don and Sharon Brubaker for donating the concrete paver blocks to the school. Mrs. Baer's summer school students voted to use the pavers to improve the garden entrance path. Students excavated excess dirt (mostly sand) on the garden path between the bridge and the sidewalk at the west end of the school building. Mr. Sandy leveled the remaining sand to prepare a base for the paver blocks. On July 2, students carried the paver blocks to the path and placed them on the sand base. Mr Sandy moved the blocks into their final position and cut the end blocks on an angle to fit against the bridge and the against the existing sidewalk. When the path was done, students had moved and placed 1500 pounds of paver blocks! (Photos by Mrs. Baer.)

#1 Moving the blocks

#2 Placing the blocks

#3 Finished paver path
 

2014-15 School Year Wrap-up

July 3, 2015
The school year ended June 12. Students continued to be active in the student garden last summer and the just-completed school year even though there were no blog posts.

Last summer the garden was maintained by the summer school students - watering and harvesting produce. When the school year began our Garden Club carried on the garden maintenance after school on Mondays and Thursdays. In the fall the grade 1 and grade 3 classes planted in the garden and also planted seeds in peat cups. The pe...
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2013-14 School Year Wrap-up

June 25, 2014
The school year ended on Friday, Jun 6. This spring teachers brought their classes, grades kinder through 5, to the garden for a one-hour introduction to gardening and the experience of planting seeds or seedlings. Late in the school year, the grade 5 class returned to the garden to harvest the beets and beans that had grown from the seeds that they had planted earlier.  Almost all of the seeds planted by grade 5 grew. We attributed this to the PVC pipe collars around the beans and the sheer ...
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The New "Slope" Garden

April 20, 2014
In April, after the other garden beds were planted, the Garden Club planted a new garden which replaced a mostly-dead lawn on the slope at the west end of the school building. Gardening here is an experiment because the garden only has direct sun between mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Twelve students prepared the soil and planted 21 patty-pan squash seedlings, as well as seeds for cucumber, pumpkin and watermelon. Then Mr. Sandy installed a drip irrigation system for watering the plants.This ...
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Spring Planting

April 20, 2014
We've had a warmer than normal February and March in Camarillo with a few days above 80 degrees. During March, all classes kinder through grade 5 came to the garden so that students could have a science lesson on planting and caring for a garden. As part of the garden experience students planted seeds or seedlings in the garden. The pictures (courtesy of Mrs Vander Linden, grade 5 teacher) show Mr. Sandy with the grade 5 students in the garden on March 5.



Preparing Callie and Taylor who will ...
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Fall in the Garden

October 13, 2013
The new school year began August 26. Since the first week of school  students  in Garden Club have been harvesting crops and watering the garden beds. Water was really important during one week in September when we had high Santa Ana winds and daily temperatures soared above 85 degrees.
 

Through September we were still getting good crop production from summer squash, tomatoes, beans, bell pepper and cucumber. However, since the end of September many of the plants have stopped producing and we ...
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The Next to the Last Week of Summer School

July 30, 2013
Today Cornerstone Christian Schools began the next to the last week of Elementary Summer School. All students at school came to the garden today. They watered the plants and harvested produce - over 30 pounds today.


Most of today's harvest was delivered to the Many Meals program that provides dinner for those in need at St Mary Magdalen Catholic Church on Mondays. Ears of sweet corn and small popcorn ears were harvested today; however most of the sweet corn ears were past their prime for se...
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Mid-Summer In the Garden

July 18, 2013
We are now midway through the summer school schedule. Each week students get a 30-minute garden lesson then 30 minutes in the garden planting, watering, weeding and harvesting.

Summer school students have planted carrots, beans, sweet potatoes,strawberries and eggplant.

The garden continues to produce amazing crops. In the first four weeks of summer school, students have harvested over 200 pounds of produce (including the 70 pounds mentioned in the previous post). Students eat some and take som...
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Summer Harvest

June 23, 2013
The 2012-13 school year came to a close on June 7. However, beginning Jun 17,  twenty-four students are now attending summer school. Summer school students will have two one-hour garden classes per week (on Monday and Thursday.)

In the garden, all plants continue to grow, watered by students using the new garden faucets. The past week, the first week of summer school, students harvested 70 pounds of vegetables and fruit. The produce was mostly squash, cucumbers and beans with a few tomatoes.


In...
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Installation of piped water to garden faucets

April 30, 2013
The garden expansion project proposal identified two major tasks: (1) constructing four raised garden beds and (2) installing piped water to new garden faucets. Construction of the four garden beds has been completed and installing the water pipes has begun. Last week students assisted Mr. Sandy in digging 70-feet of 12-in deep trenches. On Saturday Mr. Sandy installed pipe in the trenches, connected the new pipe to an existing water pipe via a new shut-off valve, and installed three risers w...
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