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Cesar Chavez Day of Service 2017 - Thank You

Our 2017 Day of Service was Friday, March 31. View picture archive.

Participants chose from the following service sites:

  • Dragon Organics Gardening: Volunteers performed farm activities on the 10 acre farm including weeding, cultivating, and picking strawberries. The farm is on the property of San Pasqual Academy and the produce grown is provided to the resident foster youth.
  • Seed to Preschool Farm Gardening: Volunteers worked with the farm manager to prepare the gardens for the next planting. This involves working the soil, digging out Bermuda grass, prepping the garden beds and laying mulch. All the produce grown in these gardens is provided to their subsidized preschools.
  • ProduceGood Gleaning: Participants picked citrus from a residential orchard in North San Diego County and Produce Good delivered the fruit to the food insecure of the county.
  • Ivey Ranch Park Association Beautification and Landscape Restoration: Volunteers painted the daycare bathrooms and cubbies; pulled up old plants and plant ice plant, aloe, and other succulents; put down mulch and rocks in garden areas; painted ground poles and horse jumps; put down edging for a small pathway; and weeded.
  • The Escondido Creek Conservancy Habitat Restoration: The Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC ) is re-establishing native habitat along Escondido Creek in Harmony Grove. The goal of this service project was to remove non-native plants (i.e., weeds) to allow the native plants to thrive. Participants assisted by hand pulling weeds, mostly mustard, and carrying them to a truck for offsite disposal.
  • Patio Playhouse Organizing Warehouse: Patio Playhouse has a privately-run theater warehouse which is used to store materials for set building, props, set pieces, costumes, and many other things of use to the theater. This space required some much-needed love in the form of cleaning, refreshing, organizing, and repurposing alongside our volunteer annex committee members.
  • Mottino YMCA  Activity Pool Resurfacing: Volunteers will repaint the activity pool structure, including taping down tarps on the bottom of the pool, priming before the paint job and then painting the structure in sections. There was also an opportunity to paint the stairs to the slide and wax the slide.

On-site at CSUSM Main Campus:

  • Ethnobotany Garden Gardening: Volunteers first learned about the ethnobotany garden; how it came to fruition, the community engagement efforts (e.g. Universidad Popular collaboration), the different dedicated areas, and connections to courses on campus. Volunteers then worked on a couple different projects:  1) volunteers will weed out a section of non-native plants that currently have over grown a certain area, 2) re-develop walk ways through the garden, 3) pull plants that have not survived, 4) help replace signage of plants, 5) re-woodchip areas along the pathways that need to be re-covered.
  • Sustainable Food Project Garden Gardening: Volunteers first learned about the garden and how it connects students to coursework as well as gives students the opportunity to grow fruits and veggies, which then they can take home to make healthy, organic meals.  Volunteers then work on a couple different projects: 1) weed out sections of the garden, 2) Linseed Oil benches that are used during class (linseed seals the benches and helps protect from the elements), 3) Spread wood chips in a few areas that need coverage, 4) Build an Owl Box.

CSUSM at Temecula Service Sites (Meet at Temecula campus!):

  • Harvest Hill STEAM Academy Gardening: Volunteers helped to construct portable garden boxes. Students have used design thinking and designed boxes for the students at Harvest Hill to use to grow a vegetable garden. 


Thank you

Our 2016 César Chávez Day of Service was Thursday, March 31. View Picture Archive.

Participants chose from the following service sites: