[Scpg] Westmont Gardens Get Fruitful Additions Santa Barbara,Collaboration SBCC’s horticultural program

Margie Bushman, Coordinator, SBCC Center for Sustainability sbpcnet at silcom.com
Fri Oct 26 12:04:31 PDT 2012

Westmont Gardens Get Fruitful Additions Santa Barbara
Collaboration SBCC's horticultural program,

Volunteers will be planting more than 40 fruit trees, providing a 
variety of campus-grown produce for Westmont College's dining services.

Alumnus Anthony Waldrop, class of 2011, will lead the planting from 
noon to 3 p.m. Friday at two vegetable gardens he built last spring.

Waldrop, an employee of Sodexo, which provides dining services to 
Westmont's Dining Commons, has enlisted the expertise and labor of 
the Santa Barbara City College environmental horticultural program 
for the tree planting project.

The Westmont College Student Association gave $1,400 for the purchase 
of guava, avocado, apple, Satsuma mandarin and pomegranate trees as 
well as kiwifruit vines from Beard Tropics Nursery. Santa Barbara 
County has donated mulch for the trees. All Around Landscape Supply 
has also donated materials.

"By putting in perennials, we're creating a legacy of permaculture at 
Westmont for years to come," Waldrop said. "The trees will border the 
two campus gardens, creating a space where the Westmont community can 
enjoy the serenity of a diverse landscape. We will also be able to 
increase the variety of produce that we donate to Bread of Life, a 
campus meal-sharing program."

Waldrop is collaborating with Mike Gonella, head of SBCC's 
horticultural program, who is bringing his Intro to Horticulture 
class to Westmont to assist with the planting.

"I'm hoping that the garden project can bring together entities on 
campus as well as in the larger Santa Barbara community," Waldrop 
said. "Santa Barbara is such a garden-friendly city that projects 
such as these provide many opportunities for collaboration."

Margie Bushman
Coordinator, SBCC Center for Sustainability
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