Building gardens, growing friendships

John Marshall students were hard at work protecting their garden from all the critters that have been munching it away. It was a busy day from making hummus for snack to assisting in building garden bed cages!

Master Ranger Jeff led the build, giving students an overview of what to expect...

Master Ranger Jeff led the build, giving students an overview of what to expect…

...and helping them one on one with the tools!

…and helping them one on one with the tools!

Tomás stopped by and gave some good building tips too!

Tomás stopped by and gave some good building tips too!

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Sometimes the students become the teachers!

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At the end of a busy day everyone enjoys a tasty homemade treat! Carrots and celery with hummus they made themselves!

 

Michelle Moore

Michelle Moore has been a Garden Ranger since the start of the 2014 school year. She is passionate about community development and sustainability. Michelle studied Recreation and Tourism Management at CSUN and got her start in the garden world at M.E.N.D., a poverty relief nonprofit. There she installed gardens at low income families homes and helped families along through out the garden seasons. She enjoys teaching gardening to students because it reconnects this technology generation with mother nature. Everyone loves to eat, it is a universal common ground. By showing kids where their food comes from and how we are connected to our food we ultimately our reconnecting or minds and bodies, something many of us forget to do in our fast paced environment. When she is not out working on community building Michelle enjoys camping, rock climbing, training martial arts, watching movies and playing board games.