Over the last several months. Sonora High’s Wildcat Ranch has turned into a great educational center not only for high school students but also for visiting elementary classes and the public in general.
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This last year students put in over a dozen raised beds that produced huge quantities of produce that they sold at our local food buying club. In addition to planting their potato patch with the help of FoCuS, and selling or donating thousands of pounds of potatoes, the high school also hosted a five-county Mother Lode farm-to-school network event at the ranch, which is an annual meeting aimed at connecting our local farms with school cafeterias so that students learn where food comes from besides out of a package.
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It is such a help to the community to have the school actually be a part of the economy. It also adds a function that parents can become involved in, and gives many students a hands-on connection with education they never thought possible. Wildcat Ranch was a featured garden this year for the Master Gardener tour. To see videos of a community at its very best, do a YouTube search for “Sonora High School Garden and Wildcat Ranch.”
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This article was originally published in The NEW PIONEER™ Fall 2015 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.