It’s not entirely unusual for a high school to have a garden somewhere on campus. They’re usually small, with a tuft of flowers, maybe a few vines of tomatoes. John Muir High School has a garden, too – but theirs is extraordinary. So much so it caught our attention.
The garden at JMHS is better described as a farm: 1.5 acres of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, the plot of land is large enough to sustain a CSA (community supported agriculture) project serving 160 families, multiple classes for students at John Muir to learn the skills of both agriculture and entrepreneurship, and a following of hundreds who come to monthly “plug mobs” where they take home seedlings to plan in their own gardens.
Muir Ranch also needed some help. So as part of our community initiative, SunStarted offered to provide 500 reusable bags for the Ranch’s weekly produce distribution. Printed with the Muir Ranch logo, the bags will supplant the paper bags Muir Ranch was using before. It will make the already environmentally-conscious Muir Ranch even more sustainable.
The SunStarter team went out to Muir Ranch on May 16 to inaugurate the new bags and to help stuff them with the week’s produce, which included grapefruit, chard, fava beans, organic raisins, among other things. The chard in particular – large, vividly green with a dramatic white stalk – looked delicious. It was also so large it looked like the ear of an elephant.
Muir Ranch is doing some incredible things: they’re giving students a meaningful way to learn outside the classroom and get their hands dirty; contributing to a climate of local, farm-fresh produce; and showing that the community supported agriculture (CSA) model is a viable way to distribute food. We hope you check them out!