The first, multi-purpose school garden at Kermit McKenzie Junior High School in Guadalupe will be unveiled Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 by the Leadership Santa Maria Valley Class of 2015.
The school garden is made up of six, 4 ft. x 10 ft. raised planters, as well as a 15 ft. x 20 ft. section in the back for additional planting. It features various plants, fruits, and vegetables which will be used by the students and school Staff. What is unique about this school garden is that it was specifically built near the cafeteria so kitchen staff can use what is being grown and include it into its dishes and meals. The garden is also anticipated to be incorporated into the school’s curriculum to teach students about gardening and healthy eating.
A ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the school garden will take place Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 at 9:45 a.m. at Kermit McKenzie Junior High, 4710 W. Main Street in Guadalupe. City dignitaries, School Staff, students, and participating donors and volunteers will be on hand.
The Leadership Santa Maria Valley Class of 2015 chose to build a school garden at Kermit McKenzie Junior High School in Guadalupe as part of its Legacy Project. The 15 member class felt it was important to leave behind a project that thousands can reap the benefits of for years to come.
Leadership Santa Maria Valley is made up of business men and women from diverse backgrounds who are brought together to serve on this year-long community sponsored program. Leadership is currently looking for Class of 2016 members. For more information, go to their website, www.lsmv.org.

This project would not have been possible without the support and donations of various local businesses, including:

Engel & Gray, Inc.
Home Depot
Honda and Toyota of Santa Maria
Guadalupe Union School District
JJS Concrete Construction
RDO Water
Streator Pipe and Supply
United Rentals