As mentioned in a previous post Schoolyard Farms broke ground on their second farm location at New Urban High outside of Portland, Oregon back in February. They have worked tirelessly both on and off the campus raising funds to support the construction and planting of this new space. We at Monbrigo are so pleased to be one of the community sponsors of this project and see their impressive progress! The Schoolyard Farms crew, along with help from community volunteers, parents, students and teachers, turned the once empty lot into a gorgeous farm space already yielding food for their summer CSA program. Four of the CSA shares are given away on a scholarship to local families in need.
As part of their education programming within the school new programs are planned for the next school year. A tasting program is in the works which will allow each and every student at New Urban High to sample a different vegetable grown on the farm each month. They are also developing a leadership program whereby select students will learn leadership and job training skills thus ensuring more confident and competitive students entering the job force!
We could not be more proud of the hard work and dedication that Schoolyards Farms has shown in the creation, implementation and success of this new school farm and its positive impact on the students and their education. For more information about their fantastic work be sure to check out www.schoolyardfarms.org!
Have a great weekend!
P.S. If you are in the Portland area, be sure to pop by EcoBaby Gear on SE Stark Ave. Their wonderful selection of unique and earth-friendly products now includes Monbrigo bibs. Pop by and say hi!