Edible Schoolyard Kern County to build new state-of-the-art greenhouse


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) – A new season is coming to the Kern County Edible Schoolyard.

“Kern County has such a compelling case for the need for edible education, especially around food literacy.” said Dylan Wilson, executive director of Edible Schoolyard. He says that given Kern County’s prominent role in the agricultural industry, it should be a thriving garden for its residents. But it’s not.

“We face a huge challenge of having food insecure communities, despite being one of the most food producing counties in the country.”

He says that’s why it’s important for the community to support programs that help teach about sustainable living and food security. Over the years, Edible Schoolyard has been able to do just that thanks to its greenhouse.

“Since day one of our program, through the community, for our own needs, for our annual plant sale.”

Soon the greenhouse will be able to do more – thanks to a $100.00 grant from Bank of America. The grant will finance the construction of a new state-of-the-art greenhouse, with a new automated irrigation system to recycle and reduce water consumption, solar panels to control the climate and the expansion of the greenhouse to more than double its size.

“Part of this new greenhouse is going to be able to enhance the programming that we have here in the edible schoolyard, with the educational models. We will also be able to create sustainable solutions for food security in the region by providing seedlings and transplants for a network of community food-focused gardens.

The demolition of the existing greenhouse is in progress. Construction of the new greenhouse is expected to begin shortly and is expected to be completed by January 2023.


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