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Yucca Loma celebrates school garden with a family health event

posted Oct 6, 2016, 2:53 PM by Kristin Hernandez   [ updated Oct 18, 2016, 2:10 PM ]
Families at Yucca Loma garden event.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, over 200 people enjoyed health-focused activities at Yucca Loma Elementary School's school garden, as part of a Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity, Obesity Prevention (CX3) grant project, funded in partnership with the Department of Public Health and St. Mary Medical Center. 
Barb Stanton, Mayor of Apple Valley, kicked off the event by welcoming families to the campus. Families wandered through the garden and participated in a variety of activities which included learning how to start a container garden, how to recycle items at home for gardening purposes, a "Book Walk" physical activity, reading with PJ's Pal dogs, digging in the dirt to plant winter crops in the garden, taste testing healthy snacks, and more.   

Students received backpacks and school supplies from several community partners. Parents received seeds, plants, and cookbooks.

For more information about the community garden at Yucca Loma, or to schedule a tour, contact Valerie Smith at the Paul Swick Family Center at (760) 240-5606 

Photo: Families plant winter crops in the Yucca Loma school garden.