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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. COC-Advisory-CommunityGarden-JM
Sept. 17, 2012
 
Invitation to Cover Community Garden Ribbon Cutting Tuesday
Subject: College of the Canyons Community Garden ribbon cutting ceremony
Time: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012
Place: The Aliso Courtyard and Community Garden areas, located between Towsley Hall and Aliso Hall on the south end of the college’s Valencia campus.
Contact: Public Information Office, (661) 362-5604
Event: College of the Canyons will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Valencia campus’ new Community Garden area, with all college staff, students and community members invited to attend.
 
Part of the college’s larger Gardens of the Canyons project, the Community Garden area features 26 handmade planter boxes, a water pump irrigation system, compost bins, a storage shed and deck area that can be used for hosting gardening lectures.
 
Each of the planter boxes has been adopted by a different COC department, club or class, with those groups then able to determine what type of organic fruits, vegetables and herbs they wish to plant each semester.
 
Five of the garden’s planter boxes have been adopted by the college’s biology department and three have been set aside for use by preschool students enrolled at the College of the Canyons Center for Early Childhood Education (ECE).
 
As the garden continues to grow, it’s hoped that the area will serve as a holistic center of activity, where faculty, staff and students -- of all ages -- can work side by side to conduct research and experiments and organize other educational activities.
 
About Gardens of the Canyons
Providing a place where students, staff and community members can come for inspiration, education and enjoyment through the study of nature, the Gardens of the Canyons is a collection of 21 gardens and natural areas which combine to form one of the college’s most significant scholastic and aesthetic resources.
 
Fourteen gardens are located at the Valencia campus, and seven are at the Canyon Country campus. At both campuses the gardens are interconnected to form a meandering fitness walk, with signs, maps and trail markers posted along the route. The gardens also serve as outdoor classrooms and laboratories for both students and community members, helping to foster innovation and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of conservation and sustainability.
 
Since its creation in late 2010, the Gardens of the Canyons project has enhanced the quality of life on both COC campuses, while establishing the college’s gardens as a destination to visit in the Santa Clarita Valley.
 
For more information, visit www.gardensofthecanyons.com.
 
Note to Editors: Photo opportunities will be available.