A story told in pictures. Beginning the farm at Valmonte Elementary.

On Sunday, over 100 volunteers gathered to begin the farm at Valmonte Elementary.
The La Times reported ” Palos Verdes Estates is hardly an economically challenged area, O’Grady acknowledged, but Diana Heffernan-Schrader, a parent activist, “called us up and insisted.” Once O’Grady saw the site, which years ago had been a garden but had been long neglected, he was on board. Heffernan-Schrader, whose two daughters attend Valmonte, said she envisions edible gardens at every school in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District.” Read entire article

The new barn at Valmonte

We built a barn, a trellis, picnic tables and steps.

Picnic tables

Preparing the four footings for barn

Time to rest after a hard day of toil. The dining table ( four picnic tables joined together)

Lisa of Whole Foods attaches barn posts.


Tree bench under construction







































The barn in progress

The barn with metal roof, double doors and countertop (for future sink)