Last class of the year at CWC!

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Our after-school garden class has come to an end for the rest of the year, on November 13th.  As always, I’ll be here maintaining the garden until our next rotation starts in the New Year. For the last day I had different activities for the kids. We got to do more seed saving, a scavenger hunt of insects in the garden, harvest and taste of tomatoes, and to end class an edible bouquet of herbs!

-Ranger Cindy

Cindy Soto

It all started when Cindy took an environmental science class at PCC that sparked her interest in Sustainability. She transferred to CSUN, and pursued a degree in Geography with a minor in Sustainability. During her senior year she was the student manager of the compost facility and food garden on campus. Wanting to continue being involved with a garden and compost, she found Enrich LA. She believes that if we want people to care about the environment, we need to teach them young, and gardening is an avenue to teach kids how important it is to take care of this earth and be good stewards! When she's not gardening, she's out camping and enjoying nature!

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