Collaboration in Action
El Monte Arroyo High School Garden
The project is managed by Eco Urban Gardens, a 2017 Healthy Living Grant recipient. This life-transforming farm, sponsored in part by a grant from the Conrad F. Hilton/City of Hope Partnership, will expand on the current footprint and build an aquaponics system, more garden beds, an outdoor kitchen, a garden labyrinth and a Hugelkultur demonstration garden. The ultimate vision is to create a culture of health and well-being through a fully integrated garden. The garden involves school stakeholders (students, teachers, maintenance/facilities, STEAM, culinary arts) who participate in all the planning and execution of the project.
Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of all.
By constructing raised beds and growing food in a school garden not only does it bring joy it also nurtures our neighborhoods with access to healthy foods.
The power to grow healthy food is at the fingertips of every individual and community.
This farm teaches students, staff and community how to grow food and take care of the environment through cultivation and farming techniques that reflect nature, using methods of permaculture and agro-ecology to create healthy and sustainable communities.
Successfully proven programming is in place that has built a relationship between the garden and the Arroyo High Schools culinary program.
It is our goal to build healthy communities by cultivating edible gardens and installing drought tolerant landscapes that are blooming with California native plants. California native plants saves water, builds soil, cleans air, attracts pollinators and transforms urban habitats into a thriving eco-system.
The future of the farm…a GreenHouse!
BlueHouse greenhouses are:
Made from 70- 90% recycled light gauge steel (Cold Formed Steel)
Long lasting and also 100% recyclable (at end of life)
Lower carbon footprint than similar wood framing
Glazing have highest full-spectrum light transmittance ~ 94%, lasting ~ 30 years without degradation for improved plant growth
Unique prefabrication framing allows for much faster installation, reducing labor costs
Enhanced airflow and cooling systems increases plant health and water efficiency
Can meet DSA standards
Options exist to eliminate all concrete use for both slabs and footings
Construction process has zero waste.
Aquaponics/ hydroponics is the most water efficient means of food production when considering maximizing yield per square foot
Zero runoff or waste
Aquaponics can exceed organic standards and both are certifiable organic
Aquaponics provides both plant and animal protein
Hydroponics can run on a vast array of nutrient options include synthetic and plant-based inputs
Almost any crop can be grown successfully with either method while maintaining, taste, freshness, and nutrient density
Bioponics is a 3rd grow option in which compost or soil can be added to a recirculating water based system to eliminate both the fish and the hydroponics nutrients.. Creating a form of liquid soil.
Typical yields for greens can be 10 harvests/ year (compared to 2-4 for in ground methods)
Advanced methods + training can achieve as high as 18 harvest per year for some crops