To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, on Friday, March 8, Sullivan Solar Power’s Community Development team partnered with several other community organizations to plant a native garden at Lafayette Elementary School.
Judey Petix, a client and solar advocate, invited the Sullivan Solar Power team to come to the school to clear brush, pull weeds, and plant shrubbery. This garden will bring new life and learning opportunities to the playground area, for the students and teachers to enjoy.
It was truly a team effort with over 18 individuals representing seven different organizations including, the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, San Diego Pollinator Alliance, Butterfly Farms of Encinitas, Sky Mountain Permaculture, Clairemont Town Council, and Lafayette Elementary School families and teachers.
The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego taught the volunteers how to use a variety of gardening tools, like the hula hoe, how to dig natural irrigation and shared different planting techniques. Ann Baldrige, the primary organizer and grantor of this project, educated the group on the importance of planting native plants, as they will thrive naturally and require minimal maintenance.
Sullivan Solar Power’s Community Development team members will be reuniting with the volunteer day organizations in a few months to visit the garden and to celebrate and admire the native plants as they start to flourish and bloom.