Watsonville School Orchard Project

  • Location
    Watsonville, California
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The Problem

Common Vision plants and maintains sustainable fruit orchards in low-income public schools across the state of California, in cities such as Watsonville. Our orchards produce fresh, healthy fruit for students in grades K-12, many of who live in food deserts and rely on free/reduced lunch programs. Our orchards provide beautiful green spaces within urban environments, get kids out of the classroom and into nature, and act as living laboratories that teachers can use to teach about plant science, sustainability, agriculture and more! While we care for these orchards, we engage students in hands-on, place based learning that helps them learn to be environmental stewards for the community, engages them in team building activities, and helps empower them to become community youth leaders!

Our Plan

With this Roots and Shoots grant, we will be able to provide critical care to 6 Watsonville area public schools. These school orchards serve a combined 5,000 students in grades K-12. With proper seasonal care, the fruit trees in these orchards will bear fruit for up to 100 years. This grant will go towards funding seasonal care visits, where experienced staff members will prune, fertilize, check the irrigation system, and make sure these school orchards are healthy so that they are able to produce the maximum amount of fruit possible! During these care visits we will also engage students from each school in environmental leadership curriculum, helping to create the next generation of youth leaders and environmental stewards.

Themes Addressed

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    Community Enhancement
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    Food Choices

The Benefit

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