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Giano Intermediate Students Learn Organic Gardening at Cal Poly Pomona

Giano Intermediate students learn organic gardening at Cal Poly Pomona

Rowland Unified students plant onions at the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona on Thursday January 16, 2014. Keith Durflinger — Staff photographer

The California red wiggler doesn’t get the credit it deserves. The voracious little scavenger really helps out in the old garden, changing our table scraps back into nutritious fertilizer.

According to the HowStuffWorks website, red wiggler worms can eat about half of their weight in food every day. That’s a good thing, because that means they’re recycling your garbage into useful garden feed.

If you feed your garden well, your garden will feed you well. At least that’s the theory nearly 200 students and staff at Giano Intermediate School are working on in West Covina.

“We received a $2,000 grant to start our school garden and we wanted our students to learn about organic gardening from the experts at Cal Poly Pomona,” said special ed teacher Carolina Perez.

So the Rowland Unified students and staff took turns visiting the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch as well as the John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies.

The Lyle Center is designed to demonstrate the integration of sustainable systems. It combines architecture, engineering and agriculture to demonstrate a self-sustaining society.

But today, the Giano Gladiators were concentrating on the organic side of the house. They care of fruits and vegetables on a safe organic way.

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