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Hillsides Kids & Volunteers Build Educational Garden with Armory

06-18-2012 09:56 PM CET | Associations & Organizations

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Hillsides Kids & Volunteers Build Educational Garden with

(PASADENA, CA)—Through Hillsides’ art program, children living at the children’s charity are helping to build The FARMory, an educational garden. Partnering with Armory Center for the Arts, Hillsides children and members of Hillsides volunteer group, H100, worked side by side to transform their community.
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.
“This ongoing collaborative project between Hillsides, H100 and the Armory to grow the garden is an example of nonprofits and community volunteers working together to bring emotional healing to vulnerable children as well as restoration to nature,” said Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides chief executive officer, adding that spending time outside in a garden positively affects our emotions and improves our sense of well-being.
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, and to learn about the Armory, visit

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

940 Avenue 64
Pasadena, CA 91105
(323) 254-2274
Contact: Marisol Barrios
(323) 254-2274 ext. 274

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