Monday, May 31, 2010

And we have POWER

Mr. Heller's class has been working diligently on the solar panel cart for the last few weeks. Once the cart was done by the CCA students, MHS students and Solar extraordinaire Aureliano Davila, put the final touches on the cart. This past week was spent hooking up the solar system, the students decided to test it out by plugging in a fan and ...... we power ladies and gentlemen!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Overnight at Pie Ranch May 13-14

Mr. D'Aquisto's Garden Advisory Group arrived at Pie Ranch for their BIG overnight!
Weather: Fair
The Ranch: Off the hook!
Mood: Fantastic!
Sunscreen recommended for the beach.

On Day 1 the group reorganized itself into smaller teams with work details:
Farm work (planting and weeding)
Pie Baking
Kitchen Crew

And Football, of course.

Looks like everyone was having a great time!

And can you name this vegetable in the last photo?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Final Daze at Mission High

There was a focused frenzy of creative activity during the final weeks of the CCA ENGAGE program at Mission High. A hugh amount was accomplished, taking the site to a state where it can function as a temporary garden until it is professionally landscaped. Mission High students and their teachers moved into 5th gear. Thanks to Mark D'Aquisto, Matt Heller, Josh Stevenson (MHS), Maryann (Pie Ranch), Jay and Elsa (ESLI).
Church Street is sporting a colorful community mural.
CCA mural team: Jake, Jeronimo, Borum, Helen, Cristiani, Yu Ling, Kai
The Solar Cart jumped into its first phase of existence. (Matt, Daniel, Marc, Leads)
The builders completed the following:
2 curved slat benches and planter (Maryam and Min, Leads)
2 planters with a hammock in between (Rebecca and Duncan, Leads)
4 Seat-Planters + Arbors (Jeff and Sally, Leads)
A circular planer bed + cascade + pond + 3benches
(Thanks: Chris, Dylan, Matt E and Will)

Congratulations to EVERYONE!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Mural: April 29.

This was CCA's last "official' day at MHS, although some of the crew may be able to return.

 Commitment was running high and the results are eye-popping!

Friday, April 23, 2010

And More Color!

Garden Taking Shape

Some of the garden structures built by CCA and MHS students are beginning to find their place on the site. More on the way!
Jeff  and Danny consider the alternatives.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ladies & Gentlemen... We have COLOR

With a slow start due to lovely April showers, MHS & CCA students move forward on their mural by adding color this week. Passbyers and MHS Administration are all ecstatic to see the beautiful mural in progress. Mission High students working on the mural have been putting in double time now that they get to play with paint, some have even stayed 2-3 hours afterschool to help out!