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Popular “Muir Ranch” Urban Farming Program Shut Down by Pasadena Unified

Muir Ranch.

According to its website, Muir Ranch is a 3.5-acre “biodynamic urban teaching farm and teen jobs program.” Since its launch in May 2012, the site says, more than 50 teens have participated in the program and the farm expanded.

Pasadena Now
Feb 27, 2018


A popular urban farming project at John Muir High School which provided paid student internships and offered farm boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables and floral bouquets for sale has been shut down by the Pasadena Unified School District.

School District spokesperson Hilda Ramirez Horvath said Monday that the District is “exploring ways to reimagine the school garden at John Muir so that it’s aligned with our successful school garden programs that link with academics and classroom learning.”

District spokesperson Horvath said in a statement that “while Muir Ranch began as a great idea to create an urban community farm on the campus of John Muir High School, strong linkages to classroom learning and Muir’s academies have not materialized. Over the last few years, Muir Ranch has operated as an ad-hoc program, increasingly independent of John Muir High School and our district.”

“Combined with the budget reductions our district is experiencing, our current relationship with the Muir Ranch program is no longer viable,” Horvath wrote. “Effective June 30, 2018, PUSD will end its relationship with the program. We are exploring ways to align our successful school garden and academic programs to serve John Muir and PUSD.”

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