Fall 2015 Update - Welcome Trish our New Garden Teacher for K-4

posted Sep 9, 2015, 7:14 AM by John Fisher
The garden is looking great after a hot summer, thanks to the families of Diana Steller, Caitlin Phillips, Anandi Heinrich, Stephanie Hudson, Melissa Wedlock and Katherine Walker who volunteered to care for the garden this summer! Big Thanks!

We have beds of popcorn and grain corn, flowers for FoodLab tables, and loads of potatoes to be used for potato night this October! (Date TBA) Just in case you were wondering, our garden is all on an automated drip system to be as water efficient as possible. We turned off water to the beds that we were not using and our fruit trees were heavily mulched in the spring to conserve water.

We Need Empty Bottles - If you have any large empty bottles with built in handles, we could use them in the garden as watering cans. Food or juice bottles are better than detergent bottles unless you rinse out the detergent well. Drop them off over the garden gate. Thanks!


Trish Hildinger and SonI am excited to welcome Trish Hildinger as the new garden teacher for K-4 classes this year. Trish was the garden coordinator at Green Acres School in Live Oak for 8 years, 2 years at Live Oak School, and garden nutrition teacher at Bay View. Most recently she was gardening at her son's school, Mission Hill. Her son is now at Santa Cruz HS where he is a waterpolo stud.
Trish is also a contracted trainer for Life Lab (the Santa Cruz-based non-profit), conducting teacher workshops across the nation, and a garden instructor for the Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden.

Trish's position is supported by the Pacific School Parents' Club which provides funding for weekly garden instruction for all K-4th graders. Trish and classroom teachers will be teaching in the garden on Tuesday and Thursday.
I will continue to teach Upper IS Garden Classes on Monday.

If you haven't stopped by the garden lately, please do.

John Fisher - Upper IS Parent Instructor and Garden Coordinator
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