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!
The Neighborhood Garden Market is Back…Bigger and Better than Ever!
Lazy Foot Chicken Ranch, North Los Altos
Sunday, September 21
10 am to 3pm
Fun activities for the kids! Chicken coop and garden tour! Music! Garden workshops! Fresh produce! and Awesome silent auction items!!!!!!!!!!
Hope to see you there!!!!!!!
The Living Classroom welcomes new Board member and Treasurer Margaret MacNiven. Margaret owns Buck’s Restaurant in Woodside which she has managed together with her husband since 1991. In 1990 she co-founded the Woodside Elementary School garden, a community service project that involved working outdoors with teachers and kids during the course of each year preparing the soil, planting seeds, nurturing the plants and harvesting vegetables for sale at the school’s harvest festival to raise money for charity. She is a mentor in the Green Academy at Woodside High School, a department that inspires students both in and outside the traditional classroom to become stewards of their environment, leaders in their communities, and innovators in the field of green technology. She is currently on the board of Pie Ranch, an organic educational farm on the San Mateo coast that promotes a healthy and just food system from seed to table through food education, farmer training, and regional partnerships
The Living Classroom Program at the Los Altos School District will be directly funded by the Los Altos School District for the 2014-15 school year. During its first six years the LASD program was funded through private grants from foundations and corporations. The LASD program differs from the Mountain View Whisman School District program in that the LASD program staff are employees of the school district while the MVWSD staff are employees of Living Classroom under contract with MVWSD which is the model Living Classroom will continue for new school district clients. Living Classroom, the non-profit parent organization continues to provide critical support to the program including curriculum, website, software support, staff training and support, and a forum to share best practices with the Mountain View Whisman program.
In addition, the Los Altos Rotary Club, Los Altos Kiwanis Club and the Los Altos Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Program provided small grants for the LASD program which will cover expenses for school garden maintenance and lesson kit supplies.