COC hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for its newest Community Garden area located between Towsley Hall and Aliso Hall at the Valencia campus. After the ribbon was cut, Dr. Dianne Van Hook, Chancellor of the Santa Clarita Community College District and Bruce Fortine, of the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees, planted the first tree at the garden.
Part of the college’s larger Gardens of the Canyons project, the Community Garden area features 26 handmade planter boxes, a water pump irrigation system, compost bins, a storage shed and a deck area that can be used for hosting gardening lectures.
The gardens will also serve as outdoor classrooms and laboratories for both students and community members, helping to foster innovation and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of conservation and sustainability. Five of the garden’s planter boxes have been adopted by the college’s biology department and three have been set aside for use by preschool students enrolled at the College of the Canyons Center for Early Childhood Education (ECE).
A total of 14 gardens are located at the Valencia campus, and seven are at the Canyon Country campus.