In association with Ourfoods, Monbrigo will sponsor the installation of three Nano Farms as part of Ourfoods' Farm Labs program in L.A. area schools. The Farm Labs, sponsored in part by Boeing and the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on a "learn-by-doing approach" to engage and educate students and teachers alike. Monbrigo has chosen three participating Los Angeles-area schools to receive the “desktop” Nano Farms that will augment the existing Farm labs programming and allow greater student and faculty participation. Monbrigo is delighted to work with Ourfoods to help support the important and empowering work they do for our community.
Ourfoods is a non-profit organization dedicated to building community resilience through food. From inspiring youth to pursue pathways that address the challenges of our modern food system to vocational training programs, Ourfoods has proven to be a champion of the urban food movement.
The schools to receive these desktop Nano Farms are the Santee High School Complex, Bravo Medical Magnet School and Cabrillo High School.
Completed March 2016
Constructing a community garden for a South Los Angeles neighborhood
A Place Called Home (APCH) offers a safe place for children ages 8–21 by providing education, counseling, college prep, arts, dance, sports, and health and gardening education. APCH teaches young people how to grow, harvest and cook their own food. The center also provides reduced-price groceries to local families in need.
Farmscape specializes in the installation and maintenance of raised-bed urban garden plots. Serving both Los Angeles and San Francisco, Farmscape has installed over 500 urban farms in schools, residences, and commercial buildings.
In progress for 2016
Helping to build a schoolyard farm at New Urban High School in Milwaukie, Oregon
Schoolyard Farms is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to creating sustainable, mini-production farms that improve upon past models for school gardens. The first schoolyard farm was started in 2012, at Candy Lane Elementary in Milwaukie, Oregon. The project was built on an underutilized portion of the grounds. In three years, some 400 students at the school have used the farm to grow more than 5,000 pounds of produce. The produce is used in the school cafeteria, and is also sold to the county’s Head Start program, local restaurants, and farmers markets. Revenue from these sales feeds back into the program. The farm also serves as a site for educational programming such as lessons in gardening and life sciences, and a summer camp program for elementary students.
Schoolyard Farms are currently fundraising for their newest venture: a farm at the New Urban High School in Milwaukie, Oregon. Monbrigo wants to help make this new farm a reality! We are pledging our support to Schoolyard Farms with a $1,000 matching grant. The funds raised for the New Urban farm will go towards building farm plots, purchasing seeds for planting, on-site education programs and more. Schoolyard Farms will break ground on February 20th and begin planting in March with plants cropping up as soon as April! In addition to the matching grant, Monbrigo will offer a special offer code for all contributors to the Schoolyard Farms Spring Membership Drive for sustained support of the farm and its educational resources. Check back soon for more details on the project!
In progress for Spring 2016
Details coming soon . . .