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Garden Tour at Monte Vista School with Judy Sims and Bryn

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.

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  • Judy Favour S.

    It was a pleasure to share the joys and benefits of Monte Vista School's educational gardens. Glad to offer tours any time! Folks may also enjoy visiting nearby Trinity Gardens, where we also have a range of educational programs at this relatively new community garden:

    1 · May 12, 2014

  • Donn L.

    You know, I think this was a very significant tour... I'd encourage Gerri to do this again. The ideas here, about community, sustainability, and education are are very important, and LOCAL!

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • brynb

    Thanks for coming out to see our school garden. It is a joy to teach gardening to the kids at MV. Sharing how to garden and bringing in teaching lessons to connect kids to nature and what they are learning in the classroom is rewarding. Thanks to Gerri for arranging this tour and the interest of those who were able to make it.

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • Gerri F.

    Judy and Bryn spent time with us sharing their passion of teaching children about nature and gardening. Judy has been an inspiration to our children for many years and has improved the health of our families. Bryn explained how she and other parents volunteer and become actively involved with the school garden and teaching children about connections to the earth. It was a wonderful afternoon. Thanks you Judy and Bryn.

    May 4, 2014

  • Safwat Z.

    It was really a facinating school garden tour, I would like to thank Judy and Bryn for their tremendous efforts and hard work to teach kindergarden students the art and the science behind gardening and taking care of the earth and the appreciation of the environment!

    May 4, 2014

  • Judy Favour S.

    Bryn and I are looking forward to sharing the school's outdoor education spaces--the half-acre native plant nature trail, the vegetable gardens and the fruit tree orchard. Come join and bring a friend to 730 Hope Avenue--Monte Vista Elementary School, Hope School District. Homemade lemonade and persimmon muffins.

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    1 · May 1, 2014

  • Michel

    It turns out I won't be able to make it. I am sorry to miss it, I would have loved to be there.

    April 30, 2014

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