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Laura Bier, left, and Mim Michelove, who oversees the farm lab, use old patio umbrellas as trellises in the lab’s new upcycle garden beds. Photo by Tony Cagala
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A Green Apple Day

ENCINITAS — Saturday’s Green Apple Day of Service saw as many as 60 volunteers come out to the Encinitas Union School District’s farm lab and get their hands in the dirt.

At the end of the day, more than 25 fruit trees were planted, weeds had been picked, garden beds and a chicken coop built and splashes of color found their marks with a second mural from local artist Skye Walker and a work from artist David Peña covering the three large Israeli-made rain barrels.

The event was spearheaded by the San Diego chapter of the Green Building Council and Balfour Beatty Construction, which will be helping to build the farm lab’s newest expansion once it earns approval from the city.

Jasper Bier helps to put together a chicken coop at the Encinitas Union School District’s farm lab on Saturday. Photo by Tony CagalaPeter Prado, a sales representative for Dunn-Edwards Paints, rakes an area for planting fruit trees. Photo by Tony CagalaKristen Spenst rakes an area where more than 25 fruit trees were planted. Photo by Tony CagalaSean Hulen, vice president of Balfour Beatty Construction, drives an earthmover at the EUSD farm lab. Photo by Tony CagalaMuralist Skye Walker adds details to the second of his murals on one of the farm lab’s trailer classrooms. Photo by Tony CagalaBrittany Tse helps to paint a rain barrel at the farm lab. Photo by Tony CagalaArtist David Peña finishes painting one of the designs he created for the rain barrels. Photo by Tony CagalaDavid Peña’s sketch design for one of three rain barrels serves as a blueprint for the finished project. Photo by Tony CagalaArtist Eddy Berducido helps finish painting one of the rain barrels at the EUSD farm lab. Photo by Tony Cagala


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Peter Prado September 27, 2016 at 9:25 am

I had a great time working at this Event & looking forward to the next one! Kudos to San Diego Green Building Council, Balfour Beatty Construction, & Encinitas Unified School District for making it all happen. Thanks Tony Cagala for reporting good news happening in the community. =)

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