November 16, 2015 by missionazul
Yikes! Where does time go?! It’s been a long time since the last post here at City College. Its not that nothing is happening, there’s lots! Sometimes, however, the actual work takes priority over the documentation and sharing on screens. Plus there’s the regular paper work that needs processing. Well, heres a few of our ongoing projects:
We are blessed to have some pretty cool teachers and students here in the horticulture department. It is mega diverse, people from all over the world with different life experiences who come together to study plants and work with them. We got the young and uncertain 18 and 20 year olds fresh out of high school, the 30 and 40 year olds switching careers, and the 50 60 70 year olds with a lifetime of knowledge to share. It is epic! One of our standout students in this year was Miguel Kimble. That is him on the right with one of our Botanical Masters Charmain Giuliani. Learning through doing.
Here is Miguel posing next to a lily bed we weeded and cleaned up. A five year old bulb had grown to the size of his head.
Then we went on a field trip to see the ancient and incredible San Bruno Mountain. At the base of Owl Canyon we stopped to say hello to old friends. The lizard whisperer is with Liz Hui artist extraordinaire, and Alex Linares, who knew the ancient art of grass loop snaring of reptilians.
One of the projects we did in the Soils class was to move some rock and soil around. An area that was cluttered and a bit disorderly was made usable. It started like this:
Miguel Linares Castro drove the Bobcat like it was an extension of his own hand, then his brother Alex took the reins too. With everyone’s help, a couple of hours later. Wood and concrete, stacked! Planters, flowers!
A little bit more fine tuning and it was ready for a drum and barbecue session.
Yes this is horticulture at work! Check out Murielle Mayorga who comes to us by way of France and the Island of Guadalupe in the Caribe. She is one awesome gardener!