Santa Cruz High School


The Santa Cruz High School Farm and Garden project began on January 31, 2015, with the first fruit trees being planted February and May 2016. The site offers a unique opportunity for high school students to demonstrate engagement with the community by beautifying a high-traffic area with a robust school garden program. The garden is designed using permaculture principles, ethics and techniques, and the produce from the garden goes to support local community members.

GSE students take leadership by managing their Eco Club, garden, and helping to coordinate events, while also taking time to enjoy their work with several "feasts," made from harvested vegetables from the garden, that were scheduled by the students and hosted by GSE teacher Stacey Falls.

Garden Workdays

Wednesdays after school,
SCHS Garden

Eco-Action Club

Tuesdays at lunch,
Ms. Falls’ Room

Santa Cruz Fellowship

Every other Thursday
Downtown Santa
Cruz Library

First meeting September 20th!

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Get Involved

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View Your School Trip

Work alongside students in Latin America on projects in their communities, practice your Spanish, experience the culture and natural beauty of their country and reflect on your growth as a leader.

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Apply To Be A Fellow

Develop projects with your peers that address pressing social and environmental issues, while building leadership skills (and an impressive resume!) in a fun and safe environment.



Meet Your Educator, Tessa Janicke


Tessa is from the suburbs of Buffalo, NY. She grew up visiting the Adirondacks Mountains, where her love of nature began. She graduated from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY where she received a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a focus in communication and culture, and a minor in Environmental Writing and Outdoor Recreation Management. She has four summers of experience working as an environmental educator with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation with middle- and high school-aged students. She worked two seasons as an instructor at The Outdoor School in Marble Falls, Texas. This past summer she started leading teen adventure trips with Bold Earth Adventure Camp. 

Tessa first became involved with Global Student Embassy in 2012 when she traveled to Bahia de Caràquez, Ecuador to work on reforestation and sustainable agriculture projects. She returned to Ecuador with GSE the next two years as a university campus rep and intern. In 2016, Tessa moved to Bahia to work remotely as GSE’s Campus Rep Coordinator in which she worked with university campus reps across the US to recruit and prepare university trips for travel. In Spring 2018, Tessa worked as a GSE Exchange Coordinator in Nicaragua where she lead both high school and college students working on community agriculture projects and intercultural exchange. Tessa loves traveling, exploring new cultures, and being an environmental steward. Hiking, kayaking, and camping are her favorite outdoor activities. Tessa is passionate about creating culturally-conscious environmental leaders around the world, as well as encouraging a least-waste lifestyle. She speaks English and Spanish.