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Unique Club at Dixon High Gives Students Opportunity to Hone Gardening Skills

DHS' Garden Club recently installed a garden at the school, planted veggies

A unique club at aims to give students a stronger sense of where food comes from.

It's called the Garden Club and it’s designed for students to learn about where food comes from and gives them an opportunity to learn about gardening techniques.

With the help of donations from Ace Hardware, Recology/Jepson Prairie Organics and Slow Food Solano, the club recently installed a raised garden bed at the high school.

Solano Master Gardeners helped teach the club some basics about planting a garden and with the knowledge they attained, club members planted five varieties of heirloom tomatoes; two squash plants; a tomatillo plant; corn; an eggplant; an orange bell pepper; two basil plants; chives; radishes; carrots; Armenian cucumber plants; Japanese cucumber plants; marigolds; nasturtiums; Greek Oregano; Mexican Oregano and thyme.

Students were also given either a tomato plant or a melon to grow at home. Dixon High Teacher Lisa McClintock advises the club and said that the club has many benefits for its members.

"We are a student club dedicated to growing our own food and helping others to do the same," says the group's Facebook page.

On Wednesday, May 9, club members gathered after school to work on the garden, check out the photos attached to the story and visit the group's Facebook page.

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Firefly May 22, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I agree Gary. Usually it's just Elem. schools that have gardens. It's nice that both Maine Prairie and DHS have gardens. Dixon is cutting edge! :)
Gary Erwin May 23, 2012 at 01:25 PM
We have two fairly large underutilized school farms. One located near the new High School and the second on Sievers Road. It would be nice to see more going on at the farms. I have always thought it would be interesting if the Master Gardeners would take over the Sievers Road Farm.
Gabriella Pryde June 02, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I love this idea as well. It is a shame that more of the local gardeners don't give more of there time. It is also a shame that these gardens are not used to help our community more giving the kids community service skills as well as gardening skills. I would love to know more about the Sievers Road Farm. Thanks Brie.
Gary Erwin June 02, 2012 at 05:26 PM
The Old School Farm is located on Sievers Road past Eatwell Farm and Magnum Seed. Look to your left (south) and you will see the old farm. The Farm was once a Bomark Missle site and the city dump.
Firefly June 06, 2012 at 03:56 AM
The school district wants to sell it and it can't be used for at least 5 years before it is sold. Since it has not been sold, there is no money to put in the infrastructure at the new site next to the school. Mr. Ramos is working to put in at least a small garden next to the school baseball field for the Ag Practices class. He and his students have been very helpful with the Garden Club.

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