by Nancy Carol Inguanzo, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
School gardens don’t go on summer vacation; they go into high gear. But who takes care of the 19 school gardens while PUSD staff and families are off enjoying their summer? Look no further than Master Gardener Jill McArthur, her PUSD student interns, and volunteers for the Pasadena Educational Foundation.
Over the summer, PEF was proud to host Garden Clean-Up days at several PUSD schools in addition to supporting the Pasadena Audubon Society’s initial phase of construction on a new native plant and insect garden at Washington STEM Elementary. There were weeds to pull, vegetables to harvest, and flowers to cut. With volunteer help from individual community members, Episcopal Youth Groups of Tempe, Arizona, and companies like GO Orthodonics, Kaiser Permanente and the Medical Response Corps – Los Angeles, garden overgrowth was stemmed and groundwork for yet another new outdoor classroom was laid.
Pasadena Educational Foundation will host more garden clean-up days during the school year. Gardens are a great tool for scientific learning and connecting students with nature. If you would like to be involved as a regular garden volunteer, or set up an organized day of service for your company or group, please reach out. We have a garden just for you!