El Cerrito Community Garden Takes Root

Students and other volunteers were at work Nov. 12 on a community garden taking root in an open area at the northeast corner of El Cerrito High School.

Students earning community service hours were joined by volunteers from AmeriCorps and local landscape businesses during the work party. They spent the day building raised garden boxes and a rock wall, as well as laying out paths and weeding and mulching the site.

The ECHS Community Memorial Garden was conceived by teacher Rich Cohen as more than a beautification project at the campus.

It is a way to engage students and the larger community in the campus while giving them firsthand experience in building a garden and practicing urban farming when it’s finished.

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