City Farm School with Pacific Beach High part 1

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June 9, 2014 is the opening date for Central Coast Grown’s first formal farm and food-system education project: City Farm School. In partnership with Pacific Beach High School, located a few minutes walk from the Calle Joaquin Agricultural Reserve (the City Farm site), CCG is launching a three-week pilot Summer School course combining classroom instruction in Science, English and Economics with hands-on experience in planning, planting and maintaining a vegetable garden.

Students will complete Common Core coursework requirements furnishing academic course credit while learning about local agriculture and gaining practical gardening skills. Educational instruction is provided by San Luis Coastal School District, while the land, water, tools and supplies will come from contributions made to Central Coast Grown.

chardStarting in Fall 2014, the small pilot project will be expanded to provide this class to all students at the school and to bring a three quarter-acre parcel of City Farm–San Luis Obispo under cultivation for instructional purposes. Plans are also underway to develop an elective course in organic agriculture that will offer some students at the school vocational training in row crop production and local marketing starting in Winter 2015.

Members of CCG’s City Farm Working Group are collaborating with teacher Anne Wilson and Principal Andy Marinello to offer their students an exciting new opportunity that makes fruitful use of City Farm’s resources.