All seven schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District now have beautiful native habitat gardens gracing their school grounds. The Landels School native habitat garden was completed in June through the efforts of Living Classroom and Hands On Bay Area working with two teams of Google employee volunteers. 100 plants representing 32 native species were planted and five new planter boxes were built and planted with edibles. Because the two garden areas were originally grass turf, a rebate from the Santa Clara Valley Water District will partially fund the project along with a grant from the WholeKids Foundation and Google.
The Huff School native habitat garden was also a beneficiary of the Hands On Bay area organized volunteer work days with two crews of Google volunteers. Employees cleared the grass, built the central pathway and created the planting mounds. Eagle Scout Trevor McGall completed the job by planting 100 plants, installing 32 plant identification signs and main garden sign, installing the irrigation, compacting the pathway, and spreading mulch.
From May, 2013 – July 2014, Living Classroom organized and led 8 new school garden projects in the Mountain View Whisman School District—a record for us!