Steve List and Stefan Strong couldn’t have been more welcoming or informative and the work they and their students have done couldn’t be more impressive. We were especially moved by Steve’s dedication to making horticulture and the gardens a safe place for those students who need one.
We lucked out with beautiful weather , enjoyed seeing many many thriving collections of plants (pollinator gardens, medicinal herb gardens, a whole slew of bearing orchards, a monster pitaya and chickens!) and went home with some lovely lavender plants. Thank you to Steve and Stefan and to those members who made the trek out there. It was definitely worth it.
Photo above by Margaret Frane, of Steve and Stefan with their amazing tomato plants. In containers and only watered twice (with rain water) this year.
Sylmar High School Agricultural Department head, Steve List has invited us for a tour of their amazing facility. The growing areas were built up from an empty lot by students over many years and are now a magnificent, multi-zoned field replete with ponds, farm animals, compost pits, and a worm farm. There are multiple fruit trees and vegetable beds, hot houses, chickens, desert plants, and more, all fortified by the school’s own blend of enriched potting soil.
There will be garden tours and information on fruit tree growing. Steve teaches urban agriculture, nutrition, and edible landscaping to hundreds of students daily. They learn to love gardening! Steve is a great and knowledgeable speaker. This is a remarkable garden. Hope to see you there!
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