Summer and Autumn Garden News

October, 2017

Welcome back to the Garden blog!! We had a hiatus over the summer and are ready to share news about recent and upcoming gardening activities at Mira Vista, and in the broader East Bay community.

News and recent activities

Over the summer Mira Vista families helped provide essential garden maintenance by watering, […]

Spring Garden News

Our garden is a community effort! Here is a quick round-up of all the great things happening through the hard work of our garden staff, teachers, parents, students, and volunteers.

Every class now has scheduled garden days. Sarita, our garden “intern,” is a seasoned environmental educator who sings, plays guitar, and leads fun activities. […]

What’s been going on in our gardens?

Can you believe your children have been attending school for more than a month? While that seems difficult to believe, what’s even more amazing is the amount of activity that’s been going on in Mira Vista’s School Gardens. I’ll do my best to recap everything that’s been happening …

Summer Helpers and the Perfect Path


Sign up now for DIGS gardening workshops

Want to learn more about rainwater harvesting or creating compost? Then sign up to attend one of the many workshops being offered by West County DIGS.

Workshops are open to all West Contra Costa Unified School District teachers, as well as Mira Vista School community members.

For more details about the workshops […]

Green thumbs and handy people, we need you!

Our fantastic gardens need some help. We are seeking parents who are handy with tools and construction or who want to help teachers take their classes out to the gardens. The garden committee has plans for a new shed and a greenhouse, and we can always use handy people to help with other projects like […]

Late Summer Harvest

School is just around the corner, and the garden is lush and thriving thanks to the loving care of the garden volunteers. Enjoy the pictures, and look carefully—you may see a few surprises!

West Coast Lady


peas and fava beans


monster zucchini

heirloom tomatoes

new residents


We Need Summer Volunteers!

Interested in volunteering to help care for Mira Vista’s bountiful gardens over the summer? Please come to one of our two orientation meetings this week, where we’ll go over how to get into the gardens and care for them.

Meetings will be held: 1) Wednesday, June 3 at 6:00 pm. Meet at the entrance to […]

Garden Photos and Philosophy


All gardening is landscape painting. —William Kent


A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising and then after all little by little it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables. —Gertrude Stein Cooking and gardening involve so many disciplines: math, chemistry, reading, history. —David Chang


By plucking her petals, you […]

Garden Workday on Sept 29 – Please Join Us!

If you are available from 9am-1pm on Monday September 29th to help in the gardens, the school could really use your assistance. About 20 Jamba Juice employees also will be on hand to assist with putting down mulch, weeding and building projects. So please join if you can and help make Mira Vista’s Gardens be […]

Summer Garden Work Party Schedule

From June 11 on, Summer Garden Workparties are on Wednesdays and Sundays at 10 am. Bring the kids, do a little weeding, have fun. Make sure to bring water and sunscreen.