Friendships grow at Kester Farms

A few weeks ago our plant manager brought Jamaica (Hibiscus) Seeds for us to plant in the garden. We have finally been able to see the seedlings sprout and I am so excited to one day make Jamaica with the students!

You can see one growing in the foreground and a couple more in the background and all together we have about 5 🙂


Having the plant manager supporting the garden at Kester is a reminder how it truely takes a village and how fortunate we are at Kester Farms to have built such meaningful friendships with the faculty and staff!

We also have an end of an era with this giant chard at Kester, it has been growing for almost two years now and including the flowering top stands at about 3 ft. tall!


As much as we loved the ol’ chard and enjoyed its salty tasting leaves, it is making room for the Jamaica! Next years students will plant more chard and we will see if we can grow another healthy big Chard!

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.