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SCOE Students to Sow Seeds of Success with New Gourmet Garden

Produce Grown Will Be Used for School’s Culinary Program

Mrs. Palmiter planting tree with students

Mrs. Palmiter helped students plant the Gourmet Garden's first tree in memory of the school's namesake, Superintendent Leo A. Palmiter.

Students at Leo A. Palmiter High School in Sacramento broke ground for their new Gourmet Garden on Monday, March 20—the first day of spring. Students will plant and maintain the 2,500-square-foot garden, which is situated in the campus quad. Some of the produce grown will be used to make food for the school's Culinary Program.

Instructor Carl Curtis, who helped welcome attendees of a ground breaking ceremony, has enrolled 20 Palmiter students in his new ROP Nursery, Grounds, and Landscape class. Curtis says, "Already the students are learning that gardens offer beautiful, dynamic settings where all school disciplines integrate with the senses. Science, math, nutrition, health, reading, and the environment are experienced by students using their hands while cultivating and harvesting in the school garden."

Special guests at the ceremony included family members of the school's namesake, Leo A. Palmiter, who served as Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools from 1968 to 1980. Betty Palmiter, the late superintendent's wife, helped students plant the Gourmet Garden's first tree in his memory. The former superintendent died in January 2000.

Carl Curtis

Instructor Carl Curtis helped welcome the crowd.

Leo Jr. and Betty Palmiter in front of news camera

Leo Palmiter, Jr., and his mother, Betty Palmiter, thanked the students and faculty on behalf of the family. UPN 31's "Good Day, Sacramento" covered the ceremony.

Group holding gold shovels

Receiving golden shovels were (L-R) members of the Gourmet Garden Advisory Committee (Tim Crowley, Bev Haffner, and Arnie Sampe) and SCOE Special Education/Special Services Director Robin Pierson, and Sacramento County Board of Education Vice President Elinor L. Hickey.

Student with staff

Palmiter student Martin participated in the celebration with staff members (L-R) Vocational Specialist Michael Laharty, Principal Diana Mickela, Social Worker Gary Barker, and Carl Curtis, ROP teacher.

Lorraine Bishop

Palmiter High School Secretary Lorraine Bishop, who helped coordinate the groundbreaking ceremony, distributed Gourmet Garden mementos - packets of seeds to remind guests of an important saying: "For children to love the Earth, they need to know the Earth. To know the Earth, they need to experience the Earth."

Steve Moe with student

Teacher Steve Moe and his students prepared and served a salad luncheon immediately following the groundbreaking ceremony.

Wooden Gourmet Garden sign