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An El Monte garden just got a whole lot more holistic

#RegenerativeAgriculture refers to a holistic land-management practice that uses photosynthesis to boost carbon in the soil while improving soil health, crop yields, water resilience and nutrient density. Locals and public officials celebrated the official grand opening of a #regenerative learning garden at Arroyo High School in El Monte on Saturday.

The garden is the U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles’s first project in the San Gabriel Valley and was selected because of the area’s need for increased access to garden and green space, according to a news release. Nonprofit Eco Urban Gardens proposed the project. USGBC-LA provided $20,000 in funding, along with design, strategy and project management support and member volunteers. This allowed Eco Urban Gardens to renovate about 12,000 of the 32,000 square feet garden space.

More than 400 plants were added, including: Medicinal and edible plant foraging knoll for education in plant identification; Benches, walking paths and signs created for student and community education and engagement; Rosemary labyrinth for walking meditation and to support pollinators.

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