Built with the efforts of students, parents and others, Maxwell's garden is the culmination of a nearly yearlong project headed by Marie Bays, philanthropy chairwoman for the Lambda Chapter of Sigma Alpha, a professional agricultural sorority at UC Davis.
Teaming up with the after school program director, Faustino Ruiz, Bays rallied up members of Sigma Alpha, school staff and students, parents, and the local community to join together to make The Garden Project come to life.
The Sunday workday was a peak day for the project as the school's students were at the heart of the work effort, according to Bays
stated that students learned how to fill planters, plant vegetables, mix cement, and create flower beds out of tires.
"During summer break, students enrolled in Maxwell's
summer enrichment program will continue to care for the garden," she
"Once classes resume in Fall, members of Sigma Alpha will once again be teaming up with the afterschool program and begin teaching the students about agriculture using the vegetable beds in the garden as their muse."
"The Garden Project at Maxwell Elementary promises years of nourishing growth, for both students and teachers, as well as the plants within the garden itself," stated Bays