Boy Scouts volunteer to help Community Garden grow
Submitted by: John Green
June 19, 2012
The new College Community Garden on the Valencia campus continues to take shape, thanks to the recent efforts of West Ranch High School student Brad Johnston and his fellow scouts from Boy Scout Troop 228 in Santa Clarita.
Earlier this month, Johnston, 14, was responsible for organizing a daylong community service project at the Valencia campus, which resulted in the construction and installation of 22 wooden planter boxes in the college’s Community Garden area, located on the south end of campus on the corner across from Aliso Lab and Towsley Hall.
As a requirement of Johnston’s bid to become an Eagle Scout, the service project was designed to benefit both the college and surrounding community, while at the same time providing Johnston and his fellow scouts an opportunity to learn, develop and demonstrate their leadership skills.
With the help and coordination of more than 30 volunteers -- who spent the day carrying, sawing, hammering and assembling the boxes -- and several members of the college’s Facilities department, Johnston and his team were able to successfully reach their goal.
“I had a good time working on this project, and was lucky to have so many people come out to help me,” said Johnston. “I learned a lot about leadership, and I’m glad I could help the college.” 
Now that the planter boxes and surrounding irrigation system have been installed, future upgrades for the Community Garden area include a wood-chip ground covering, the presence of fruit trees and compost bins and construction of a deck area that can be used for hosting gardening lectures.

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