FIRST COMMUNITY GARDEN BLOSSOMS IN SAN CARLOS

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County, City, School and Church Partner to Make Vision a Reality

April 4, 2012 (San Carlos) – San Carlos has its first community garden at Springall Academy, a school serving K-12 students with special needs throughout San Diego County.  The school, in partnership with San Carlos United Methodist Church, developed and will operate and maintain the garden.  The garden, located at 6460 Boulder Lake Ave., San Diego, is one of two community gardens on San Diego Unified School District sites and represents an agreement between the district and the community to jointly use the plots for growing fresh fruits and vegetables.

Community gardens on school property promote healthy eating, garden sustainability, neighborhood beautification and community connectivity.  Studies show students who participate in school-garden programs score higher on academic tests and consume more fruits and vegetable.

The garden, which officially opened on March 25, is funded by Healthy Works, a countywide initiative which makes systems and environmental changes to promote wellness.