The Burbank Garden is located at Luther Burbank High. It is a part of an agricultural program for the students at the school. In this video, we take a look into what they are building and what it means to the students.
Luther Burbank High School
On May 21st, 2016 there was an event in Sacramento called the Youth Led Urban Ag Tour. This event took a selection of people on a bus to three locations. First stop was Luther Burbank High Urban Farm, next was the Yisreal Family Farm, and then finally the last stop was at the International Garden Of Many Colors.
Luther Burbank High School conducted it’s very own school garden clean up on Saturday March 21st, 2015. It began with collaborative efforts from staff, students, and community partners. The clean up involved students from the various clubs on campus. In addition, members from Americorps and students from Sacramento State University assisted with the clean up.
The clean up was very labor intense because the area had not been maintained for approximately 2 or more years due to lack of funding. Once the school had funding, one of Burbank’s finest and most dedicated teachers accepted the responsibility of working with the students to build a productive garden. Many of the students participating were seniors; therefore, working on the garden and leaving a mark at the school is important to them. The garden is a way to teach students about healthy living and gardening will teach students life skills.
After all the hard work, at the end of the day, the clean up was a success. The retired Agricultural building that had been used as a storage was transformed into an onsite garden center. The green house had been transformed into modern day operations with an aquaponic system.
Lastly, the items grown in the garden will be sold in the near future to members in the community.
On May 28th, Luther Burbank High School held a showcase for Fresh Producers. Fresh Producers is an interscholastic program between American Legion High School, Luther Burbank High School, and Hiram Johnson High School, teaching students about urban agriculture, teamwork, and leadership.
Access Sacramento’s Game of the Week Friday night featured a match up seen only once before, in a Division 1 CIF playoff game last year. Pleasant Grove reversed the decision this year, holding off Burbank 14-12 in what turned out to be a defensive battle.
Announcers Will James and Jim Dimino narrate the highlights.
Pleasant Grove Quarterback Deaundre Terrell spent most of the night handing the ball off to running back Demaree Morris who carried the ball 30 times for 102 yards, 7 first downs and one touchdown, a two-yard run in the 2nd Quarter.
Pleasant Grove led 7-6 at the half, and doubled it for a 14-12 final.
Burbank’s quarterback Ernest Jenkins carried the ball 19 times for 107 yards, and connected on one pass of 10 for 13 yards.
Pleasant Grove is now 2-0 overall, and Burbank is 1-1.
Fresh Producers is now providing their services at Luther Burbank High School. They host a farm stand full of fresh fruits and vegetables every Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 in the school parking lot. In this video, we talk to one of the students who is in the program.
Recently, Luther Burbank High School has lost much of its janitorial staff due to budget cuts. An article was published on this site about this problem previously. Now a group of students have decided to act.
By Branee Taylor
Luther Burbank Student
Due to recent budget cuts, the custodial staff at Luther Burbank High School has been cut by more than half. Normally, our school would have eight janitors but this year there are only two; a day janitor and a night janitor. This causes bathrooms and classrooms to not be cleaned not as often as they need to be. Trash can are emptied but the same trash liners are kept in the same can for days. There is trash on campus and the bathrooms have soiled feminine products, toilet paper and paper towels everywhere.
“I think it’s a disgrace to our district to continue to cut funds from our schools that are necessary to succeed. Says English teacher Nichole Scrivner. “I think that we expect our students to meet our expectations but we don’t have the facilities to do so.”
Scrivner also went on to describe some of the other disgusting details of how dirty the school is. “There are cockroaches and dust bunnies in the school cafeteria. There are dead and living bugs in the cafeteria.” As a Luther Burbank student, I feel that something must be done about this.
We cannot have schools that are dirty and have pests crawling around in areas where we are supposed to eat. This may present a health risk to students and staff and is just plain gross. At this rate, the school may be looking worse by the end of the school year if nothing is done about this.
“I think it will go on all year until someone does something. It must come from the school, community and parents.” Says Scrivner went on to say. I hope that we do something to stop this from continuing at Luther Burbank High School and prevent it from happening in other schools.
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On Saturday, May 19, 2012 Teen Chefs from Sacramento Charter High School, Hiram Johnson High School, and Luther Burbank High School gathered at McClatchy Park to participate in a culinary competition. They are participants in Teen Battle Chef sponsored by HealthCorps, a nonprofit organization developed by Dr. Oz and his wife, Lisa Oz, to teach students the importance of a healthy lifestyle based on sound mind, nutrition and exercise.
Recipes for the event were created by the teams to use and feature the fresh produce available at the Oak Park Farmers Market. Sacramento Celebrity Chef Randall Selland of Ella’s, The Kitchen and Selland’s met with the teams throughout the program and judged the finished products.
Hiram Johnson High School was coached by HealthCorps Coordinator Felix Martin. The Teen Battle Chef team included Hoai Nyguen, Jacqueline Martinez, Hnou Lee, Charlie Le, Farm Saelee, Stephanie Saelee. They won the Best Nutritional Value category for their ‘Egg Sandwich with Purple Basil’.
Sacramento Charter High was coached by HealthCorps Coordinator Jessica Steele. Their team included Susan Vong, Jonique Spann, Keandra Williams, Lyric Roberson, Nataki Lester and Malaysia Walters. The walked away with the award for Presentation for ‘Crepes: Savory & Sweet’.
Sarahi Banales, Rocio Hurtado, Daniel Flores, Rocio Perez, Raquel Perez, and Gabe Sanchez represented Luther Burbank High School and were coached by HealthCorps Coordinator Chloma Enweasor. They won the ‘Taste’ category with ‘Shrimp Taco with Strawberry/apricot Salsa’.
“Teen Battle Chef is run as an afterschool program,” according to Jessica Steele, HealthCorps coordinator for Sacramento Charter High. “We cook healthy recipes and have a different country as our theme each week.” The program was started by FamilyCook Productions as a curriculum designed to teach students leadership and teamwork through nutrition, a healthy lifestyle and trying many different kinds of foods to develop cultural appreciation and understanding. Dr. Oz’s Nonprofit organization, HealthCorps, is helping to expand the program that now serves 53 high schools in 13 states, including 14 in California.
Interested in getting Teen Battle Chef for your High School? Go to http://www.healthcorps.org for more information.