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The Claremont Courier's Nov. 5, 2011 story on the San Antonio High School Garden.

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SAHS garden project shines for Sustainable Claremont
                                                                                                                an Antonio High School’s garden
                                                                                                                project is growing. And Sustainable
                                                                                                                Claremont took notice at its annual
                                                                                                           awards meeting last month.
                                                                                                         The nonprofit organization selected San Antonio
                                                                                                      High School as its “school” recipient of the 2011 Sus-
                                                                                                      tainable Living Awards due to impact the garden pro-
                                                                                                      gram has had at the continuation high school campus.
                                                                                                         “Sustainable Claremont’s annual meeting this year
                                                                                                      was themed to promote local and healthy food produc-
                                                                                                      tion. To compliment the theme, we used school gar-
                                                                                                      dens as the criteria for our award”, said Ron Mittino,
                                                                                                      Chair of Sustainable Claremont’s School Action
                                                                                                      Group. “Vista, Sycamore and Chapparal elementary
                                                                                                      schools as well as El Roble Middle school have thriv-
                                                                                                      ing garden programs and all were considered for the
                                                                                                         Sustainable Claremont was formed out of the Clare-
                                                                                                      mont City Sustainability Plan that was adopted in Oc-
                                                                                                      tober 2008. The organization consists of 2 levels:
                                                                                                      action groups and the board of directors. The action
                                                                                                      groups undertake projects involving action, advocacy
                                                                                                      or education.
                                                                                                         According to Mr. Mittino, it was the student partici-
                                                                                                      pation in the SAHS garden that made the high school
                                                                                                      worthy of the award.
                                                                                                         “San Antonio was selected for its exemplary student
                                                                                                      involvement. Students helped build both the garden
                                                                                                      and an outdoor classroom in partnership with Scripps
                                                             COURIER photos/Steven Felschundneff and CGU,” he said. “They jarred and sold marmalade
San Antonio High School student Chazney Minor says goodbye to Pitzer College student Katie Tenneson   and served a gourmet dinner as fundraisers. Garden
on Monday following a gardening session at SAHS. Ms. Tenneson has been the key volunteer in maintain- Club students maintain the garden and study food is-
ing the student garden at San Antonio.
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sues through lessons presented by their
advisor, Pitzer student Katie Tenneson.
Their hard work has paid off and they
have been featured on 2 local radio
shows. They deserve the recognition.”
   Claremont Graduate University
School of Politics and Economics Dean
Jean Schroedel and Scripps College
professor Nancy Neiman Auerbach
both conceived the idea of implement-      Swiss chard is one of a handful of veg-
                                           etables currently growing in the San
ing a school garden at SAHS to give        Antonio High School student garden.
students an extracurricular option.
   Approved by the Claremont Unified       alongside them in the garden 2 to 3
School District board in 2010, Ms.         times a week.
Schroedel received a $26,000 BLAIS            “Receiving the award was really
Foundation Challenge grant to fund the     great,” Ms. Tenneson said. “Right now,
program. The grant increased the size of   we’re doing the same garden work we
the garden past 2000 square feet and       were doing last year and just doing
provided gardening supplies, sprinkler     more planting. We have more students
systems and compost bins.                  in the group this semester as well.”
   Scripps College, Pomona College,           More than 30 students are involved in   Scripps College professor Nancy Neiman Auerbach speaks with Pitzer College
Claremont Unified School District,         the upkeep of the SAHS garden this         student Katie Tenneson on Monday at San Antonio High School. Ms. Neiman Auer-
Crossroads, Sustainable Claremont and                                                 bach was one of the key players in launching the San Antonio school garden.
                                           year compared to less than half the cur-
Cal Poly Pomona also contributed to        rent number last year. San Antonio stu-    people dropped off,” he said. “This
the project. Ms. Tenneson, a senior at     dent Lance Rico has been encouraged        year, most of the people have stuck
Pitzer, is in her 2nd year working with    by the growth.                             around and they’re actually doing the
SAHS students. She organizes the stu-         “I think it was pretty cool last year   hands-on work.”
dents’ meetings on Monday and              when I started midway in the first se-        The garden attracts students for sev-
Wednesday afternoons and works             mester but in the 2nd semester, a lot of   eral reasons from wanting to get course
                                                                                      credit to the enjoyment of growing
                                                                                      fruits and vegetables.
                                                                                         “Some people come for credits and
                                                                                      some come to help out in the garden.
                                                                                      I’m here to have fun,” said SAHS soph-
                                                                                      omore Chazney Minor as she took a
                                                                                      break from shoveling wood chips into
                                                                                      the garden. “At other schools, you
                                                                                      would just go straight home so it’s re-
                                                                                      ally cool. We’re making something          Rock paths weave through the stu-
                                                                                      every week.”                               dentsʼ garden to make it easier to har-
                                                                                                             —Landus Rigsby      vest the crops.

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