Local Educational Food Forest Wins Grant

The Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) was recently chosen as one of five school districts in the country to win a $10,000 grant from Seeds of Change. The funds will help the district build parts of the EUSD Farm Lab into an educational food forest with edible landscaping to give students and those in need access to healthy food. Farm Lab Director Mim Michelove said, “We are excited to beautify the eastern side of Quail Gardens Dr. and provide a walking path that includes informative signage about water conservation, peri-urban agriculture, and more, while growing food for local food pantries, visitors, and residents. Our community has rich agricultural roots that naturally provide the ideal setting for students of all ages to experience a deeper understanding of life sciences and the important roles played by microorganisms and people alike.”

The Farm Lab is a school site that seeks to bring education on science, nutrition, and the environment to life on a 10-acre educational farm that also grows several acres of fresh food for the school lunch program. Through game-based, hands-on learning, students are better able to develop an understanding of the interconnectedness of nutrition, agriculture, and ecology. The Farm Lab’s innovative education model includes Design, Research, Engineering, Arts, Math, and Science (DREAMS), incorporating the New Generation Science Standards that are part of the California Common Core initiative. For more information visit www.eusd.net.