Working in partnership with the students of Central High School in Los Angeles, the American Friends Service Committee is creating an edible and sustainable school community garden.
The goal of the Friends Peace Garden is help Central High School become a community leader in green innovation and a pioneer in urban farming by 2012. By using current science, technology and conservation methods, the students will implement ideas to green their campus by creating organic solutions that are environmentally friendly and efficient.
The project is being coordinated by AFSC program director, Anthony Marsh, and led by AFSC committee member Sheila Fennoy, who also holds a Ph.D. in plant physiology and teaches biology at Santa Monica College. The students are planning to plant and grow a wide variety of herbs and vegetables including tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, onions, kale, chives, cilantro and more. To view the progress of the garden, click here.
You can also view the second Friends Peace Garden at Central High School at All Peoples Christian Center in South Los Angeles here.
Central High School in Mar Visa is a one-room school, serving 20 students within a Section 8 housing project in Los Angeles. As a Title I school, the school serves only lowest income communities in Los Angeles. Central High School at All Peoples Christian School in South Los Angeles is also administered by the Los Angeles Unified School District and was created primarily because the students are unable to attend nearby high schools for academic or safety reasons.