Tour of Monte Vista’s Vegetable, Orchard and Native Plant Nature Trail gardens, led by garden educators Judy Sims and Bryn Crutchfield. Learn how the garden areas were developed, are maintained, and how the school’s use of the gardens enhances curriculum and outdoor education in general.
The Orchard has 22 mature fruit trees and was recently revisited by Common Vision and local Master Gardeners for on-site workshops. The gardens are in part sustained by funds from Monte Vista’s weekly mini-farmer’s market, originally established over 15 years ago to fund the school’s addition of salad bar student lunch service. Parent and community volunteers oversee the outdoor classroom education and work parties that help maintain the gardens. Volunteers are always welcome, including community service groups.
Bryn Crutchfield, parent volunteer, will talk about the school garden. She has been leading elementary students in hands-on garden activities for the past 4 years. Currently, Bryn leads both 1st and 3rd graders in garden activities while also being enrolled in SBCC’s Horticulture Program.
Judy Sims started and used the garden throughout much of her three decade teaching career at Monte Vista. She continues to volunteer as coordinator for maintaining the Nature Trail and leads garden-food lessons with fellow volunteers for the school’s 2nd graders, among other garden education involvement in and around Santa Barbara.