Children are able to build and grow their own gardens through the School Garden Project.

The ECD runs an inspiring program called the ECD and Schools Partnership Program, teaching local youth ages 5 to 17 about sustainability. The ECD works with school administrators and children to create innovative recycling, refuse and beautification projects that divert waste from landfills, conserve water, and encourage the use of renewable resources.  

The ECD School Partnership Program added a Community and School Garden project where each school’s staff work with students to design, build and grow their own gardens.  In addition to being a community beautification project, the gardens also teach children about the importance of sustainability in a fun and creative way. Several of the products are used as food for the school lunch program and the process teaches children about the farm to table process of farming. In addition, students learn that gardening and growing food locally, unlike most supermarket produce, benefits the environment by saving on fuel and storage costs.

In addition, the ECD’s unique water-saving landscaping project at Rio Vista Bollard saves the city over 43,000 gallons of water and $3,000 in annual maintenance costs.”

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