Fighting Food Insecurity One Community Garden at a Time

By September 19, 2018Blog

Coastkeeper Partners With Santiago Canyon College to Establish Community Garden

The Coastkeeper Garden is partnering with the Office of Student Equity and Success at Santiago Canyon College to establish a community garden featuring raised vegetable beds and sustainable seasonal vegetables. This community resource will be used as a classroom learning tool as well as providing healthy food choices for the college’s Hawk’s Nest Food Pantry, to fight food insecurity among college students.

What’s “Growing On” At The New Garden?

Over the course of three work days, students and Garden staff designed and built eight raised vegetable beds that will feature seasonal vegetables like kale, beets, collard greens, winter squash, potatoes and pumpkins. The community Garden will feature pollinator plants in close proximity to the raised vegetable beds ensuring good pollination and a large harvest.  Food Pantry participants will have the opportunity to harvest their own vegetables while learning about sustainability.

How We’re Turning Gardens Into Classrooms

Each month, Coastkeeper Garden will be conducting a workshop on various aspects of gardening including planting, harvesting, and creating healthy soil, to curate self-sufficient gardeners in the Santiago Canyon College community. Coastkeeper Garden will also promote healthy eating habits by hosting cooking demonstrations that will teach students and their families how to prepare healthy recipes at home with fresh produce.

Visitors to the Community Garden will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of bees and their role in food pollination.

Thank you to our sponsors who helped make the community garden possible: Orange County Coastkeeper, Santiago Canyon College – Office of Student Equity and Success, Kellogg’s Garden Products, Home Depot, Native Son Nursery and Central Garden Supplies.

Want to Use Your Green Thumb For Good?

Volunteer at the Coastkeeper Garden and learn how you can practice sustainable gardening to conserve water and protect our environment from pesticides and toxic fertilizers.