August Garden News

Thanks to all the parent support this summer, the garden has been bursting with flowers, fruits and vegetables! Tomatoes, apples, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini, cabbages, sunflowers, eggplant, swiss chard!  And check out the gigantic pumpkins!   IMG_2642

During the first week of school, the teachers enjoyed the garden and thought about ways to connect the garden to their curriculum. Mr. Lackey’s Urban Agriculture class ate a salad of green beans and lemon cucumbers. Mrs. Cruger Hansen took her students out for a drawing lesson. Ms. Rossi and students picked baskets of beans, cucumbers and tomatoes and cleaned up the apple orchard. The apples are growing and we can’t wait to make apple juice this fall with our school apple press.

We are also making exciting connections in the community. We are grateful for the following support for our gardens project:

Worm Composting

Healing from the Ground Up is an organization that equips Richmond communities to reclaim urban soils for agriculture and health. Doctoral candidate Josh Arnold and research assistant Eleanor Lum will visit Mr. Lackey’s and Ms. Ross’s classrooms to give lessons on worm composting September 10 and 15. Parents are invited to attend. Josh and Ellie have given us worm bins and worms to have composting systems in some of our classrooms.

Garden Workday – We Need Your Help!

Jamba Juice employees will work in our gardens from 9am-12pm on Monday, Sept. 29. They came last Spring, when they cleared the weeds and rebuilt planter boxes. We hope to rebuild more boxes this time, and we could desperately use parents help with this project! (Email gardens at to volunteer.)


We hope to have a few interns from UC Berkeley’s Urban Agriculture Department join us to help with the gardens in September.

GreenHouse Project

Mira Vista will participate in a green house project at the Assemble Restaurant in Point Richmond, along with West Count DIGS (Developing Instructional School Gardens). We will use the greenhouse to start plants for our garden. Sept. 4 is Orientation Day at Assemble for anyone who can help coordinate this project.

Fruit Tree MaintenanceIMG_2649

Several people from Common Vision will be here Wednesday, Sept. 3 to maintain our orchard area. They have done a phenomenal job of reviving our two orchards of apple, citrus and cherry trees.


Thanks for your support and please email us at gardens at if you’d like to get involved in our Mira Vista gardens!IMG_2647

— Graciella Rossi

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