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UCSC students help out at community garden

Posted: Thursday, Aug 29th, 2013

Lorrie Clevenger is one of 40 apprentices from UC Santa Cruz's Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food System who volunteered to help Wednesday at Mi Jardin Verde garden at All Saints Episcopal Church. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — Forty young apprentices from UCSC’s Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems visited the community garden at All Saints Episcopal Church on Wednesday for an afternoon presentation by Mesa Verde Gardens founder Ana Rasmussen and a vigorous gardening session.

Students in the intensive 6-month, live-in organic farming training program discussed local food justice work over a nutritious lunch and afterwards volunteered in the garden, making compost piles and weeding.

Walking over to the 1/8-acre community garden which serves as a demonstration site for sustainable agriculture, UCSC student Jim Nakahara said it was important for people to have a connection with their food and to be able to grow it themselves.

“How can you have a healthy society without healthy food systems?” he asked.

Nakahara said he was interested in bio-intensive and polyculture farming methods, where you see a mix of crops growing all together, and he could see himself with his own small farm one day.

For the complete article see the 08-29-2013 issue.

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