Abraxas Farmer's Market & Garden By Studio 701

Starting this year, Abraxas High School hosted their first farmer's market. The event, on the first Wednesday of every month, features produce grown by students in the school's garden. Not only is the produce harvested by the students, but the market itself is also run by them. Abraxas High School is paving the way for students' future plans and is opening many opportunities for hands-on learning for their students.

This spectacular garden grew to life after teachers decided to give an unused tennis court a new purpose.

"So you start from seed and you end up with a product. This product had to be produce. Our goal is to let these kids see what they're actually going for and they're growing food for needy family in communities so they get to see the process. It gives them confidence" -Bob Lutticken, Teacher

The Abraxas Garden grows seasonal produce year round and also has its own fish pond. Shown above are watermelons, rainbow chard, carrots, and cilantro. The Abraxas Garden has what is called Aquaponics. The Aquaponics system serves as a model to teach life science as well as provide valuable nutrients for the garden. Aquaponics uses conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as fish in tanks) and hydroponics (the process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, with added nutrients but without soil) in a symbiotic environment.

"On a daily basis we tend to harvest what we have planted in the beginning of the season. This season we have planted broccoli and cauliflower. We would come in, check on it, and take care of everything while it grows." -Max Cook, Student

Colorful fruit and vegetables illuminated a gloomy Wednesday afternoon. The Farmer's Market is held at the Elements Cafe, at the Poway Unified School District main office.
The farmer's market was filled with an abundance of fruit and vegetables; straight from farm to table. Shoppers were delighted by the quality of the produce for sale.
A joyful student from the school's Transition program, for developmentally disabled young adults, operated the payment station for the market.

"It's about getting kids out of the classroom and letting them being the leader of their own education and the garden is the first stop for that." -Amie Macbeth, Assistant Principal

Studio 701, a PUSD internship program for video and photography students, visited both the farmer's market and the garden. Interns were hard at work, capturing the dedicated student farmers and staff who make this garden successful. Watch their finished video below to learn more about this program:
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Tyler Christian, Basma Bahia, Brendan Heath

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