Join us today, Wednesday, November 16, 2:00 pm Central Standard Time (1 hour)
Presented by Voices for Healthy Kids, The American Heart Association, & Grassroots Change
Our weekly visits to the jail always seemed to go by too fast, and as senior year passed we considered one of the most important aspects of the project: How could we make it sustainable after we graduated?
– Ellie Gertler, Program & Communications Associate, Grassroots Change
“One of our major challenges was the budget, or lack thereof. Initially we were successful in having materials donated, but we knew that this would not always be the case and wanted to adopt a strategy that could provide funding for the future. We also wanted to make the project more interdisciplinary, with the intention that including multiple departments at Cal Poly would offer different skills and resources to benefit the garden, the inmates, and the community.”
Read Part 2 of the SLO Garden Project here.
As a junior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2013, Ellie Gertler planned and led a project to build a community garden at the San Luis Obispo County Jail that provided practical farming education and a healthier source of food for inmates. In part 1, Ellie covered the vision and implementation phase.