Sustainable San Ramon is thrilled to announce that an organic garden is nearing completion at Dougherty Valley High School (DVHS). Please consider helping our city’s high school by donating a few hours on:
Saturday, March 16, and Saturday, March 23, 1 to 5 pm
10550 Albion Rd., San Ramon, CA94582 ,in the back parking lot of DVHS (the 3rd and final driveway takes you behind the school to the back parking lot)
Help is required with moving CMU blocks (200) as well as 1.5 cubic yards of drainage gravel. Please bring wheelbarrows, wagons, carts, dollies, gloves, and shovels if you have them handy. They are working on positioning the cinder block, plastic sheeting, drainage, and gravel layer for this first day of construction.
The beautiful organic garden was spearheaded by Culinary Arts teacher Beth Marks and student members of DVHS’s Cooking and Garden Club, with assistance by Sustainable San Ramon and other community partners. The large concrete patio behind the culinary classroom has been turned into a U shaped garden, raised with cinder blocks, that is fairly easy to reach in. The size is about 40 feet by 12 feet long with some varying depths.
The new garden will include seasonal plants such as tomatoes, green onions, zucchini, eggplant, varieties of squashes, assortments of herbs, and a range of citrus fruits. The fresh produce will be used in cooking at the extracurricular Cooking and Garden Club. Excess produce will be donated to students and teachers.
The ambitious project started more than a year ago when Mrs.Marks and her students discovered an ideal space on campus for an organic garden. After running into some challenges with their application to the school district, Mrs.Marks and her students received support from Sustainable San Ramon, which has served as a consultant and advocate for the project since the beginning. After receiving approval from the district, Mrs.Marks applied for and received a $2,000 Garden Grant from The WholeKids Foundation. Morgan’s Masonry Supply also provided a generous discount for the basics (such as CMU Block, PVC perforated pipes, gravel, soil, polyethylene sheeting, and cinder block) to kick off the project.
The garden committee plans on completing the project in one month, about four working Saturdays. Over the Spring Break the teacher and students have scheduled a Garden Party. Their hard work is an inspiration to other schools. DVHS can now boast of a beautiful organic garden and reap the harvest created by students and their culinary teacher.