Creating the Kirin Community Garden
Next time you walk up the short slope to the Kirin Building, take a minute to look through the green fence between it and the Kindergarten Building. Surrounding the Somei Yoshino sakura tree given to the school by the Class of 2011 in memory of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, you will see a rich patch of narrow land covered in fresh shades of green and yellow. Welcome to the Kirin Community Garden, a community project that started in the fall o f 2017, and continues to this day, thanks to the students, staff and parents of YIS.
The garden's creation and maintenance is truly a testament to the community spirit and initiative residing within the people you see on campus daily. Mr. Saez's Environmental Club resurrected the unkempt land in the fall by weeding and turning the soil. The gr. 4 students and teachers, joined by parent volunteers, then raked the soil and planted seeds over several sessions during and after school. They continued to till the land when the weather allowed. As spring began to peek through the winter clouds, the garden began to come to life with the help of the students and staff once again. The soil, tools and materials were provided through the PTSA Grants system which is made possible by events such as the Food Fair.
The life, greenery, ecology and food you see there now is a result of the work of many people in our community - some working on the land and with the students, some working on the success of the Food Fair, others working to create a plan for the garden, and another group working to organize and vote on the PTSA grants. What you see on that narrow piece of land is just the tip of the iceberg, albeit a green one. So, the next time you pass this garden, stop for a moment to smell the roses, or rather the mint and tomatoes. You'll notice much more than what your nose and eyes tell you.