Students harvest produce from Harding Elementary School Garden. (courtesy Noozhawk)
The Santa Barbara Ecological and Edible (SBEE) Garden Project partners has received a 2021 Golden Leaf Award from Santa Barbara Beautiful. One of three winners, the SBEE Garden Project is being recognized as an outstanding project that achieves community beautification while epitomizing the strength of collaboration as it supports biological and cultural diversity through ecological edible gardens.
The project comprises a network of community gardens that promote biodiversity, increase access to locally grown food, and foster a connection between the community and natural ecosystems.
"The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is proud to work alongside our community partners on the SBEE Garden Project," said Denise Knapp, director of conservation and research, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. “The data that our SBCC intern has been collecting are showing that native plants are important for supporting insect pollinators. We're honored to see this work recognized by SB Beautiful and look forward to watching it flourish in years to come."
SBEE Garden Project sites include the SBCC Permaculture Garden, Explore Ecology School Garden sites, Mesa Harmony Garden, the Westside location of United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, El Centro (Santa Barbara Lower Westside Community Center), Youth Drought Project, and the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.