VOLUNTEERS ASSEMBLE FOR SCHOOL GARDENS!

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Joanna Pace                                                                

Tel: (510) 215-1594

Cell: (510) 860-3696

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Richmond, November 9, 2013

VOLUNTEERS ASSEMBLE FOR SCHOOL GARDENS!

Love gardens? Want to help local schools? Join school garden volunteers from across West County at Assemble Restaurant on the Richmond shoreline,  Friday, November 15, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. for a mixer inaugurating “West County DIGS!” West Contra Costa Unified School District’s school garden collaborative.

Begun in 2007, as “Growing West County School Gardens,” the collaborative brings together volunteers, teachers, experts, and resources to promote outdoor learning in WCCUSD schools. “As a teacher, there is nothing I find more rewarding than watching my students come alive in the garden,” says Mira Vista Garden teacher, Graciella Rossi, a charter member of West County DIGS! “In the garden we make connections with the curriculum , we celebrate and gain respect for nature and each other, and we love eating salads because we grew them!”

The mixer kicks off at 3:30 p.m. with a half hour tour of Assemble’s Vistory Garden, at the corner of Hall Avenue and Harbour Way South. The garden, built by restaurant staff,  includes,  herbs, citrus, and vegetables,  including 7 kinds of lettuce. “We want to host school fieldtrips at our garden, and we are thrilled to introduce our garden to local teachers,” says Assemble general manager Terumi Shibata-Mazzera. “It is a lovely setting to dream big about outdoor learning for kids at all 50 of our schools,” reports WCCUSD parent and garden volunteer, Joanna Pace.

Assemble is located at the Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond. Door prizes and appetizers will be provided at West County DIGS’s no-host bar. For more information, contact: mwahl@fertilegrounddesigns.com.

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