Rep. Maxine Waters rolled up her sleeves and joined students as they planted the first seedlings in the new urban ecology garden at the Lennox Math, Science & Technology Academy on Saturday, Oct. 20.
The garden, which consists of two traditional garden plots and two hydroponic towers, will be tended and maintained by students in the school’s urban ecology program. The lettuce, spinach, carrots and other vegetables and fruits grown in the garden will be harvested and served in the school’s cafeteria, giving students firsthand knowledge of what it means to eat “locally grown” produce.
Lennox Academy’s urban ecology curriculum was developed by Eric Strauss, director of Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Urban Resilience and President’s Professor of Biology. Strauss is helping several local school districts implement urban ecology programs.
Waters has been a strong supporter of partnerships between the schools in her district and LMU for the past five years, starting with LMU’s Family of Schools organization in the Westchester area.