Joy Lyndes, CPA Executive Director, a Landscape Architect, and an EHS Board member, co-wrote the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club grant that's providing key funding for the project. Lyndes will head up the first phase of the raised beds construction.
"Our focus is on planting heirloom and heritage plants which interpret the history of agriculture and floriculture in Encinitas, and also the plants that the children grew in their schoolhouse garden beds," Lyndes said.
The Old Schoolhouse is home to the historical society and is also a musuem that attracts vacationers, area residents, and schoolchildren to learn about local history. With the addition of the raised beds, visitors of all ages will learn about the heritage of growing foods and flowers in Encinitas, known for its ideal climate and abundance of knowledge about agriculture and floriculture.
Evelyn Weidner and The San Dieguito Heritage Museum has a sister project that aims to capture the stories and the history of the many growers in the North County area and beyond. Read a Del Mar Times article on the project at http://bit.ly/2jnuzhk
Several organizations have signed on to offer resources and co-sponsor Heritage Garden events at the Pacific View Elementary School property which is adjacent to the Old Schoolhouse, including The San Dieguito Heritage Museum, The Ecology Center, and Solana Center for Environmental Innovation.
Laurel Mehl, owner of Coral Tree Farms, is partnering with CPA to identify and plant heirloom plants for the raised beds. Thanks to AgriService for donating soil, Hunter Industries for donating irrigation system components, and Farmer D for providing the raised beds at reduced prices.
“We are excited to be entering the next phase of life for the Old Schoolhouse,” EHS President Carolyn Cope said. Learn more at https://encinitashistoricalsociety.wordpress.com
Join us November 19 for Raised Bed Build Day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.! No tools needed. Questions? Contact Joy Lyndes at firstname.lastname@example.org