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Organic Garden

Nicasio School's organic garden creates an opportunity to teach organic and sustainable planting methods - lessons for a lifetime of heatlhy gardening and eating.

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Students sell their bounty art Farmer's Market



The Garden's History

Nicasio School's Organic Garden was created by Gerald Austin, then principal, and Arden Wood, art teacher, in 2003-04. This project was inspired in part by the State Superintendent of Schools, Delaine Eastin, who promoted the idea of "A Garden in Every School".

"We wanted the students to participate in constructing the garden, planting the crops, harvesting and eating their own produce. We wanted them to learn where their food comes from."  ~ Arden Wood

With donations of materials and worktime from parents along with many Friday afternoons spent outdoors by middle school students, the fences and gates were built and the raised beds were constructed. As soon as the soil, enriched with donated rabbit manure, was added, the planting began. While the students, teachers and parent volunteers worked on the classroom beds, Arden began planting thornless climbing roses, vines and shrubs along the fences to beautify the space.

In 2009, after obtaining a grant, thanks to help from Barbara Contini, a rose-covered sharde arbor was constructed by parent carpenter, Greg Baldwin, to provide peaceful shady seating for students. Accessible from both the playground and the garden itself, the shade structure also serves as an observation platform for the badminton games which take place in the garden.

 

 

Nicasio School received a substantial grant through the Marin Community Fund thanks to the Pasha Family. This grant supported rebuilding the garden beds, updating and extending the irrigation system, and creating a badminton area for the students.

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