La Ballona Students Growing Great This Spring
In a flurry of activity before Spring Break, all six grades at La Ballona Elementary School completed their garden lessons and planted in the school’s newly built garden. Each grade followed a curriculum created by the nonprofit Growing Great.
Kindergarten and first-grade students planted sunflowers and pumpkins, second-grade students planted flowers to attract pollinators, while the upper grades planted colonial, mission, and Native American crops. All of the children appeared happy to get their hands in the earth and the garden instructors were peppered with questions about the soil, plants, and insects that make up a healthy garden.
“We are so grateful to the many members of our community who donated their funds and services to make our garden a reality!” said Solange Bumbaugh.
The Culver City Education Foundation along with La Ballona’s booster club donated the funds and bought organic seeds. The garden and its eco-friendly irrigation system were installed by Mike Garcia of Enviroscape. Finally, UCLA donated the tools, shed, and composter.
“Our goal is to use the garden to teach the children about caring for the earth by reusing our resources and caring for our bodies by growing healthy food,” Bumbaugh said. “We will collect rainwater and recycle garden and lawn waste in our composter. We look forward to our first harvest in June and to holding our first farmer’s market to be staffed by the school’s newly formed Garden Club.”
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