Santa Cruz Program Coordinator
Global Student Embassy at Harbor High
GSE Harbor High has been leading trips since 2010, an element of the program launched by History teacher, Judith Mayer. In 2013 a group of dedicated community members (Andy Moskowitz), teachers (Judith Mayer and Kenneth Prola), and GSE ambassador Wyeth Wunderlich collaborated and organized around breaking ground on what became the Harbor High Grow Quad on campus.
The Grow Quad is a collaborative, permaculture-guided project in a central location at Harbor High School. We are converting a barren, degraded and compacted 1/7 acre plot on campus into a dynamic, productive food forest, an aesthetic and inviting space, and an outdoor classroom that can be used as both an active and passive learning tool. We will be focusing on meshing the Grow Quad into relevant curriculum this year. We have maintained a blog centered around the Grow Quad at growquad.org for more information on the installation and collaboration of this student-powered project.
GSE will be hosting weekly workdays at the Harbor High Grow Quad on Wednesdays, from 2:40 – 4:30. We invite you to join us in tending to this vibrant project!
The Grow Quad has been supported by GSE staff, community collaborators, and has received grants from the UCSC Carbon Fund ($6000 over 2013-present) and Ocean Guardians ($4000) to support material and programming costs.
The community is a place of the highest importance. I have learned to be more honest and helpful within a group; providing constructive criticism and doing my share. Knowing how to work together is what makes a community.Jamison Burks