Hillsides Kids & Volunteers Build Educational Garden with Armory
In addition, volunteers from the Arroyo Timebank joined the others to work on preparing the empty Pasadena city lot, located at 747 North Fair Oaks Avenue, to become an educational garden. The City of Pasadena Public Works has provided truckloads of mulch. All volunteers have spread the mulch; planter beds were built to grow herbs and vegetables; and river rocks were laid to landscape. The Armory Center for the Arts offered art workshops on decorating planters and plant terra cota pots that will be used in the garden.
While the Armory’s mission is to build on the power of art to transform lives and communities through creating, teaching and presenting the arts, Hillsides brings stability, healing and permanence in the lives of vulnerable children and families.
“With everyone invested in working on this project together, the effort has been seamless,” said Johanna Campos, Armory school programs coordinator.”Everyone was excited to be outdoors and working on something.”
The children have continued to visit and participate in the garden by weeding the plot, preparing the soil and planting edible seeds.
“As nature has been shown to be beneficial for our overall health and well-being, this collaborative project is an effective way of combining both the missions of the Armory and Hillsides,” said Costa.
To learn more about Hillsides, visit www.Hillsides.org, and to learn about the Armory, visit www.armoryarts.org.
As a Pasadena foster care charity founded in 1913, Hillsides creates safe places for children at risk and their families by providing residential care, mental health services, special education, and advocacy. To learn more about Hillsides, visit www.Hillsides.org.
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