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Vision into Reality

Turning this dream into reality involved tackling a host of practical questions: how to create outdoor classrooms that would succeed where current methods are failing more than half the kids? How to maintain the outdoor classrooms needed for practical learning? How to pay for them? There was no borrowing the answers, so the team began experimenting.

Teachers decided that they needed a test plot. On March 31, 2005, the entire school had a "dig day" converting a grass patch in a courtyard into a trial teaching garden. It was opened with a community day attended by more than 2,000 children, parents, teachers and neighbors and catered by a dozen restaurants brought together by LaBrea Bakery. Windrose Farm donated hundreds of tomato seedlings.