Poinsettia Elementary School Panthers have pounced on an opportunity to partner with Kaiser Permanente and Armstrong Nursery in creating an edible school garden.
“Along with our response to the inquiry Kaiser sent to area schools, we sent a ‘before’ picture of our weed-strewn area greatly in need of TLC,” recounts Poinsettia Principal Marjorie Giordani, chuckling, “That photo must have done the trick!”
On December 5th, 75 Kaiser Employees of the Month from throughout California sporting t-shirts that declared, “I love to play in the dirt!” descended upon the campus, ready to fulfill their community service project after enjoying a day relaxing at La Costa Spa and Resort. Using nutrient-rich soil and healthy baby plants provided to Kaiser at cost by Armstrong Nursery, Kaiser staff worked all morning.
Claims personnel, customer service staff and other employees enthusiastically helped students from each classroom fill 18 6X6 raised beds with broccoli and other winter vegetables as well as herbs, rose bushes and other plants. More photos can be seen here.
Principal Giordani says the project, like the Poinsettia Panthers’ Learning Garden, is poised to grow. “We’re so grateful to everyone who contributed. We already have parents volunteering to maintain the garden. The students will enjoy the learning experience while getting to eat the fruits (and veggies!) of their labor.”