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City Employees Volunteer to Build Community Garden at 40 Prado

Post Date:05/28/2019

Over the last nine months City employees partnered with 40 Prado and a Cal Poly senior project to build a community garden at the 40 Prado Homeless Services Center. On Saturday, June 1 the completed garden will be unveiled in a grand opening celebration at 11:30 a.m.

The Professional Association of City Employees (PACE) is a group of City employees who volunteer with various community services projects throughout the year, including an annual legacy project. This year’s legacy project was donated to the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO) in the form of a community Garden for the residents at 40 Prado. 

The completed project includes nine redwood planter beds (four of which are wheelchair accessible), two succulent rock beds, an herb garden and several tomatoes in pots. The garden is integrated into the daily chores at the shelter, and also provides a quiet calming place for residents to enjoy. The garden also provides an opportunity for residents to engage in skill building tasks that are transferrable to local jobs. There are plans to work with local nurseries to pair interested individuals with local mentors. The kitchen at the center has already used some of the first harvests of fresh vegetables in meals for the homeless who are staying in the center. 

The garden was also a senior project of a Cal Poly Student, who worked with PACE to plan and fund the project. Materials were donated from the City of San Luis Obispo and various local business including Ace Hardware, Growing Grounds, Hayward Lumbar, One Cool Earth, and Xtreme Gardening.