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El Monte Arroyo High School Garden


El Monte Arroyo High School Garden

The project is managed by Eco Urban Gardens, a 2017 Healthy Living Grant recipient. This life-transforming farm, sponsored in part by a grant from the Conrad F. Hilton/City of Hope Partnership, will expand on the current footprint and build an aquaponics system, more garden beds, an outdoor kitchen, a garden labyrinth and a Hugelkultur demonstration garden. The ultimate vision is to create a culture of health and well-being through a fully integrated garden. The garden involves school stakeholders (students, teachers, maintenance/facilities, STEAM, culinary arts) who participate in all the planning and execution of the project

“This pilot program at Arroyo High School will serve as model for other schools to follow,” said Marianne Zaugg, the Eco Urban Garden’s executive director.

Students and educators held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 2,400-square-foot greenhouse they hope will soon serve as the anchor of the technical pathway program. It will house aquaponics equipment, which combines raising fish alongside plants without soil and serve as the primary outdoor classroom and kitchen for the program.