Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pacific Beach Middle School, Mission Bay Rotary rejuvenate campus garden

The Pacific Beach Middle School community and the Rotary Club of Mission Bay joined Board of Education Member Kevin Beiser and Superintendent Cindy Marten on a recent Saturday getting the school's garden into shape for the new school year.

The five-year partnership between the Rotarians and the school has organized volunteers to prepare the campus garden for the Garden Club's "Garden to Cafe" Program. The Garden to Cafe Program teaches students to plant, grow, harvest, prepare, and eat healthy foods.

Under the direction of Sally Kaufman, Pacific Beach Middle School's librarian and garden club advisor, volunteers, which included students, parents and Rotary Club members, spent a busy day as the garden was reconfigured and weeded, a fig tree was moved, five new 4x4 planter boxes were constructed, all 12 planter boxes were filled with top soil, and the tool shed was cleaned out and given a floor of several inches of decomposed granite.

Rotarians donated the top soil and decomposed granite, which were purchased at a substantial discount from local business Southwest Boulder and Stone in Pacific Beach.

For more information on the program, contact Dr. Michael McQuary, president, Rotary Club of Mission Bay, at michael_mcquary@yahoo.com.