Foothill Student Garden

Students in Foothill's special education program are already planting fruits and vegetables in the school garden in anticipation of this year's harvest.

The garden, located on the northwest corner of campus, has been around for three years. It includes eight 4-foot by 16-foot raised gardening beds that are enclosed by a cyclone fence. Students have built crushed granite paths to make the area wheelchair accessible. They currently are working on building a greenhouse.

Last year, students harvested enough pumpkins to make pumpkin pie and roasted pumpkin seeds. The garden also yielded jalapenos for salsa and canning, tomatoes for salsa and to eat fresh, various herbs and carrots for carrot cake.

This year's crop includes blueberry bushes, herbs, lettuce, radishes, chard, spinach, peas, carrots and beets. Students are deciding what other seeds to plant. Students are also working with the Terra Bella Family Farm of Pleasanton to get some heirloom tomatoes seedlings to plant.

In addition to gardening, students compost using salad remains from the cafeteria, vegetables and egg shells from foods class and coffee grounds from the office.

While the students do a great job with the garden, they always welcome volunteers and supplies. If you'd like to help, please contact teachers Gail Meyers at or Katherine Hooven at

PHOTOS (top to bottom)
Corey Messenger lays out soaker hoses
Students work in garden
Lauren Dunaway composting
Lauren Dunaway, Steven Moore & Logan Dean turning soil
Jon Chiarello sheet mulching

Posted Friday, March 5, 2010