The school shutdowns this past spring were devastating for school gardens in San Diego. All over the district, garden coordinators and volunteers were denied access to campus. Tragically, water was shut off to most gardens, causing crops to wither and die. Once we were allowed to return, we found a gnarly jungle of weeds that had prospered during the break. It was heartbreaking.

The Sherman Elementary School garden was being choked out by hundreds of giant sunflowers that “volunteered” while we were gone. Because it is right near the coast, the Perkins K-8 school garden managed to avoid some of the hottest weather. We were fortunate to rescue some hearty beets and carrots and donate them. 

The rebuilding process has been arduous but we have been fortunate to have lots of volunteers contact us. To be continued…

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