The Pasadena Educational Foundation is working with community partners to grow our school-community garden program that provides outdoor classroom space for students to learn about nutrition, healthy eating, science, and other subjects. PUSD’s school-community gardens are managed by a full-time Master Gardener.
Produce grown in the organic school-community gardens is being is being incorporated into school cafeteria offerings and being sold through local Pop-up Farms Stands.
USDA named PUSD a model program for management, innovation, and impact in promoting healthier lifestyles. PUSD currently has 19 educational school-community gardens
“The Conservancy is honored to be partnering with the Pasadena Educational Foundation in support of PUSD’s blossoming school-garden educational program.”
– Eileen Read, President Pasadena Community Garden Conservancy.
Pasadena High School
The half-acre garden at Pasadena High School is the newest garden, opening in Fall 2017, and is maintained by the students. The garden serves as an outdoor classroom for more than 1,800 PHS students and includes vegetables, herbs, and fruit grown from seeds and seedlings and is surrounded by a fruit orchard. Curriculum leads students through lessons in seeds and germination, soils, insects, gardening, harvesting, and nutrition.
The Madison garden serves as an outdoor classroom for more than 430 Madison Elementary students and enrich science learning while promoting healthy nutrition and physical activity. Madison Elementary School teachers, trained in Farm-to-School curriculum, lead students through lessons in seeds and germination, soils, insects, gardening, harvesting, and nutrition; classes will use the garden for teaching and learning.
Herbs are used in parent cooking classes held at the Madison Family Center that are part of PUSD’s Nutrition Network and grant-funded Healthy Start. The garden is maintained by PUSD staff, interns, parent and community volunteers.
New orchard trees planted along the perimeter offer community members fresh peaches, plums, apples, oranges, and pluots, among other fruit. The school garden includes vegetable, herbs, and fruit grown from seeds and seedlings.
“Thanks to the dedication and generosity of our community partners, we’re expanding the way students learn.”
– Superintendent Brian McDonald.