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Our Story... The Green Gardens Grow demonstration project is located on a vacant 160’x35’ plot of City School’s property abutting Sherman Elementary school in the Sherman Heights neighborhood of San Diego. The project seeks to create an outdoor learning environment that holistically weaves together gardening, eating healthy foods, living sustainably, conserving energy, creating art, reclaiming water, and recycling—all in a package that will be fun and understandable for children and staff alike.

shipping pallets (ubiquitous in this industrial neighborhood) will be used as decorative siding to partially clad and visually soften the cargo containers. Individual solar PV panels will not be hidden from sight, but instead will be visibly mounted on poles and arranged like the petals of a giant flower, providing on-site power generation and welcome shade. Water - the region’s most precious natural resource - will also be integrated into the design: rainwater will be collected into a cistern, walkways will be permeable and won’t contribute to urban runoff, and a water The project seeks to create an outdoor learning enviv- reclamation system that ronment that holistically weaves together themes of harvests gray water from the exterior hand washing gardening, eating healthy foods, living sustainably, sink will irrigate drought conserving energy, creating art, reclaiming water, and tolerant native plants.

What better place to learn about the biological lifecycle of a butterfly than in a garden with real butterflies? Whether the children are pondering math problems, recycling - all in a package that will be fun and undermemorizing biology terms, standable for the children and staff alike. Perhaps the community or discussing different garden could be opened conservation ideas, each subject can be enhanced by up on weekends and used along with the adjacent empty staff “garden-based learning,” a hands-on experience using nature parking lot to support a community-serving farmer’s market? as an educational tool.This new outdoor space is intended to It is hoped that this green garden oasis will attract more than provide a unique environment for teachers and students to pollinators, or inquisitive children, but in fact the entire interact in a non-traditional setting that supports and surrounding neighborhood of Sherman Heights to a place of reinforces the school’s unique curriculum, which is taught in inspired learning, community, and an appreciation for healthy both Spanish and English. sustainable environments.The seeds of this creative place are being sown right now - green, gardens, grow! Each element in the garden, both living and man-made, will exclaim an embedded lesson, i.e. a donated metal cargo container will be repurposed as the support space for outdoor lessons, recycled hardwood slats from discarded

Kevin deFreitas, AIA Project Architect

PARTNERING SCHOOL

Matthew Sherman Elementary 301 22nd Street San Diego, CA 92102 Edward Caballero, Principal 619.615.7000 ecaballero@sandi.net

DESIGN TEAM

Kevin deFreitas Architects Kevin deFreitas, AIA Crystal Keeran Christine Casimier 619.222.9831 kevin@defreitasarchitects.com www.defreitasarchitects.com Aerea Landscape Architect Leslie Ryan 619.200.8297 leslie@aerea-studio.com

PARTNERING / SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS projectFIND 2009 Winner Taylor Scherner taylorscherner@gmail.com Victory Gardens Yael Zaidman 858.775.8222 yaelizzz@yahoo.com Master Gardeners Jerry Louis 760.436.1919 jerrymlouis@gmail.com NewSchool of Architecture & Design Perrian Hodges, AIAS perriannhodges@gmail.com Benjamin Rowe, AIAS benjamin.rowe@student.newschoolarch.edu

SC Engineers Mirek Knopp 619.727.8283 scengineers.net

Funding Chair Christina Abuelo, Grantwriter/Parent 858.598.5753

David Adey Artist, Designer, PLNU Professor dave@davidadey.com

Dole Michael Johnson michael.johnson@dole.com

. . .at Matthew Sherman Elementar y

REBUILD GLOBAL

Sandra Plaza, LEED AP Denise Colestock, Brian Will, Corey Woodward 619.796.4796 splaza@rebuildglobal.org www.rebuildglobal.org

Bringing thoughtful design to community projects.


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Kevin deFreitas Architects, AIA Community Connections

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Outdoor Play

SHADY

Interaction

SUNNY

PUBLIC

NO PARKING

PRIVATE

SPANISH

Dual Immersion

Community Sports Field

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ENGLISH

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Community Center

MATTHEW SHERMAN Elementary

Potential Farmer’s Market


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Site Plan

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A Native + Edible Planters B Bamboo Bird Sanctuary C Outdoor Classroom D Vertical Garden Maze E Solar Tree Display F Water Tank / Rain Catchment 10FT

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Our Team...

Our Story... The Green Gardens Grow demonstration project is located on a vacant 160’x35’ plot of City School’s property abutting Sherman Elementary school in the Sherman Heights neighborhood of San Diego. The project seeks to create an outdoor learning environment that holistically weaves together gardening, eating healthy foods, living sustainably, conserving energy, creating art, reclaiming water, and recycling—all in a package that will be fun and understandable for children and staff alike.

shipping pallets (ubiquitous in this industrial neighborhood) will be used as decorative siding to partially clad and visually soften the cargo containers. Individual solar PV panels will not be hidden from sight, but instead will be visibly mounted on poles and arranged like the petals of a giant flower, providing on-site power generation and welcome shade. Water - the region’s most precious natural resource - will also be integrated into the design: rainwater will be collected into a cistern, walkways will be permeable and won’t contribute to urban runoff, and a water The project seeks to create an outdoor learning enviv- reclamation system that ronment that holistically weaves together themes of harvests gray water from the exterior hand washing gardening, eating healthy foods, living sustainably, sink will irrigate drought conserving energy, creating art, reclaiming water, and tolerant native plants.

What better place to learn about the biological lifecycle of a butterfly than in a garden with real butterflies? Whether the children are pondering math problems, recycling - all in a package that will be fun and undermemorizing biology terms, standable for the children and staff alike. Perhaps the community or discussing different garden could be opened conservation ideas, each subject can be enhanced by up on weekends and used along with the adjacent empty staff “garden-based learning,” a hands-on experience using nature parking lot to support a community-serving farmer’s market? as an educational tool.This new outdoor space is intended to It is hoped that this green garden oasis will attract more than provide a unique environment for teachers and students to pollinators, or inquisitive children, but in fact the entire interact in a non-traditional setting that supports and surrounding neighborhood of Sherman Heights to a place of reinforces the school’s unique curriculum, which is taught in inspired learning, community, and an appreciation for healthy both Spanish and English. sustainable environments.The seeds of this creative place are being sown right now - green, gardens, grow! Each element in the garden, both living and man-made, will exclaim an embedded lesson, i.e. a donated metal cargo container will be repurposed as the support space for outdoor lessons, recycled hardwood slats from discarded

Kevin deFreitas, AIA Project Architect

PARTNERING SCHOOL

Matthew Sherman Elementary 301 22nd Street San Diego, CA 92102 Edward Caballero, Principal 619.615.7000 ecaballero@sandi.net

DESIGN TEAM

Kevin deFreitas Architects Kevin deFreitas, AIA Crystal Keeran Christine Casimier 619.222.9831 kevin@defreitasarchitects.com www.defreitasarchitects.com Aerea Landscape Architect Leslie Ryan 619.200.8297 leslie@aerea-studio.com

PARTNERING / SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS projectFIND 2009 Winner Taylor Scherner taylorscherner@gmail.com Victory Gardens Yael Zaidman 858.775.8222 yaelizzz@yahoo.com Master Gardeners Jerry Louis 760.436.1919 jerrymlouis@gmail.com NewSchool of Architecture & Design Perrian Hodges, AIAS perriannhodges@gmail.com Benjamin Rowe, AIAS benjamin.rowe@student.newschoolarch.edu

SC Engineers Mirek Knopp 619.727.8283 scengineers.net

Funding Chair Christina Abuelo, Grantwriter/Parent 858.598.5753

David Adey Artist, Designer, PLNU Professor dave@davidadey.com

Dole Michael Johnson michael.johnson@dole.com

. . .at Matthew Sherman Elementar y

REBUILD GLOBAL

Sandra Plaza, LEED AP Denise Colestock, Brian Will, Corey Woodward 619.796.4796 splaza@rebuildglobal.org www.rebuildglobal.org

Bringing thoughtful design to community projects.


Funding ...

Student Participation ...

A MATTER OF URGENCY Few question the need to prepare students for the complex world into which they will graduate, but the schooling for sustainability movement nevertheless encounters obstacles: School systems are notoriously slow to change. Responsibilities for schools’ operations are often dispersed through multiple levels of authority, from the local principal to the federal government, with mandates that sometimes conflict. Virtually all schools and districts face financial challenges. Schooling for sustainability competes with other priorities, including standardized testing in public schools and pressure to focus on Advanced Placement in independent schools. Matthew Sherman Elementary will be the showcase, the start of the School Garden Initiative, “Green Gardens Grow”, from which everyone will learn about the importance and benefits of implementing gardens within schools. We are currently looking for support to raise $22,685 as well as in-kind contributions and welcome you to join our team.

CONSTRUCTION PLAN

TOTAL COST

Site Grading, Paths, and Fencing

$3,271

Raised Planter Beds $4,887 Outdoor Classroom, Deck, and Seating

$8,615

Garden Tools and Educational Materials

$2,229

Design and Permitting $3,684 * Rain Catchment System In-Kind * Solar Panel Tree In-Kind TOTAL

$22,685

Site Analysis by students: Matthew Sherman Elementary


A garden in every school is even more essential to make our standards come alive. We must not lose the creativity, problem solving, and sheer love of learning that comes from hands-on, experiential learning. Gardens should not compete with our standards; gardens should be an avenue to high standards. Delaine Eastin, Former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction


Green Gardens Grow Final Packet