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Oct 3, 2012 2:36 AM by Jeanette Trompeter

Creston Elementary reaps the benefits of Sunset's SAVOR the Central Coast

Savor the Central Coast may be over, but a local school is still reaping the benefits. The folks from Sunset and the San Luis Obispo County Visitors and Conference Bureau donated the garden featured at the big event in Santa Margarita to Creston Elementary School.

The garden includes 16 raised vegetable beds, and will be used to help jump-start the school's outdoor classroom. Local farmer Ralph Johnson of JR Johnson Farms in San Luis Obispo has been preparing various raised garden beds for the school with the help of donated supplies from Farm Supply. Garden beds include strawberries, kale, lettuce, chard and a variety of herbs.

The school plans on hiring a garden teacher to work with small groups of children on garden lessons, providing garden time for all students. To sustain the garden the school will work with students, parents and staff to form a dedicated garden committee and an automatic irrigation system will be installed to ensure proper watering throughout the year. Creston Elementary School's dedicated "lunch lady Pam" says she cannot wait to start serving produce from the school garden

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