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Volunteers plant a community garden in Burbank

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Photo: Volunteers dig in to spread soil mixture in one of the vegetable beds at the new community garden adjacent to the Burbank Community Day School at 223 East Santa Anita Avenue in Burbank October 29, 2011

Photo: Volunteers dig in to spread soil mixture in one of the vegetable beds at the new community garden adjacent to the Burbank Community Day School at 223 East Santa Anita Avenue in Burbank October 29, 2011

Volunteers used people power and creativity to get a new community garden planted in Burbank yesterday.  The garden is the love project of Principal Chris Krohn and her students at Burbank Community Day School at 223 East Santa Anita Avenue. The students, grades 7 – 12, are at risk kids looking for a second chance. Krohn says it all started last year with a small garden she described as “an eyesore.”  The students came up with five plans to turn the tiny garden and the surrounding weeds into a productive community garden. They got help refining their plans from Taryn Foster and Olwyn Kingery from the UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Department.  

Master gardener and member of the Sustainable Burbank Commission, Sharon Springer, signed on as a volunteer last year. Springer says the garden is a learning experience, which will produce food for the school’s pet tortoise, Kobe,  and vegetables and fruits for the students to take home to their families. They’ll get to “… see the results of their work.”

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Kobe, the pet tortoise at the Burbank Community Day School  October 29, 2011

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Kobe, the pet tortoise at the Burbank Community Day School October 29, 2011

Other volunteers included seniors from the next door Artists Colony and the LA Conservation Corps, which planted 15 trees and installed the irrigation system.

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Some LA Conservation Corps volunteers, in the green hats, helped out in the council circle, which will serve as an outdoor classroom in the community garden October 29, 2011

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Some LA Conservation Corps volunteers, in the green hats, helped out in the council circle, which will serve as an outdoor classroom in the community garden October 29, 2011

About 30 members, friends, and families of the Warner Bros. Impact Giving Program volunteered as well.

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Volunteers from the Warner Bros. Impact Giving Program pitched in to help plant a community garden for the Burbank Day School at 223 East Santa Anita Avenue in Burbank October 29, 2011

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Volunteers from the Warner Bros. Impact Giving Program pitched in to help plant a community garden for the Burbank Day School at 223 East Santa Anita Avenue in Burbank October 29, 2011

Principal Krohn was thrilled with the donations received for the project and the volunteers whose efforts made the garden a reality: “Nice to see the community wants to get involved with our kids.”

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