Schools

  • Downtown Market Opens April 2

    The Fullerton Market will begin Thursday, April 2, and will run every Thursday through October 29. This popular market is in its 24th year of operation. It offers fresh produce, hot food vendors, craft vendors, and kids’ activities (for a nominal fee) including a bounce house, trackless train, carnival games and arts and crafts.

Donations Sought

  • YWCA Prom Project Boutique March 28

    The Prom Project is looking for donations of new or gently used prom gowns, shoes and accessories for high school girls with financial hardships.

Breaking News

  • Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested; Additional Victims Sought

    Fullerton Police, in conjunction with California State University Fullerton Police, have arrested Jose Alfredo Gradilla-Cuevas (21) of La Habra, believed to have been involved in multiple incidents of sexual battery over the past several months.

Sowing Change With Seeds of Hope

Boat planters outside St. Andrews Episcopal Church.Boat planters outside St. Andrews Episcopal Church.

Story and photos by Nur Sattar/Fullerton News Academy --

By reimagining unused space in their front lawn, St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Fullerton harvests and donates up to ten baskets of fruits and vegetables each week to area food banks. 

The 50 boats sprawled across the church’s garden space are part of Seeds of Hope, a project initiated by the church, generating produce ranging from lettuce to garlic. 

Pathways of Hope, a local non-profit, receives most of the donations from the church’s harvests. 

“Most food banks give out canned food, people really appreciate fresh produce,” said April Johnen, manager of the Pathways of Hope Food Distribution Center. 

St. Andrew’s Rev. Dr. Beth Kelly wanted a softer approach to the design, which eventually progressed to the idea for the produce to be planted within boats, since the elementary designs of the garden had boxes the plants and vegetables would’ve been planted in. Kelly. The design for the boats stems from the story of the patron St. Andrew who received Jesus’ call from a boat. 

The design and planning process was spearheaded pro bono by the Rios Clementi Hale Studios, a Los Angeles architecture firm.

The Seeds of Hope garden at St. Andrews Episcopal Church.The Seeds of Hope garden at St. Andrews Episcopal Church.The garden follows Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines by including decomposed granite and pulverized stone paving which allows wheelchairs to easily access it, according to Samantha Harris, lead landscape architect. 

 “They (church) wanted to invite the community at large back into their small community,” Harris said.  

SoCal WaterSmart, a program which provides rebates to private and commercial property owners for water conservation, will provide $12,000 to the church to remove grass and initiate a water efficient space, according to Kelly. 

There are plans for more growth, including a fruit orchard that will comprise of an additional 32 fruit trees and a water fountain. 

“We’ve had a total of 71 people participate in this [project],” Kelly said.  All the harvesting and tending of the garden is done by volunteers who work in groups, rotating their shifts weekly. 

 “There’s no promise that anything will come out of the ground and it’s so rewarding to see the little green shoots poking out of the ground,” said Jessi Lowerre, one of the volunteers. 

The St. Andrews Episcopal Church is looking for volunteers to help out in the garden. For more information contact Rev. Dr. Beth Kelly at saintandrewsrector@gmail.com.

Editor's note:  This story is the first from our new partnership with the Fullerton News Academy, headed by Jay Seidel of the Fullerton College journalism program.

Non-Profit News

  • Rotary South Makes Van Donation to WTLC

    The Women’s Transitional Living Center received this month a vehicle donation from Fullerton South Rotary to accommodate the transportation needs for survivors and their children. “I would like to thank the Fullerton South Rotary for their extremely generous vehicle donation to WTLC.

Schools

  • Read Across America Comes to Fisler March 4

    We are excited to be planning our annual Read Across America Celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 4th from 8:30 to 11:30AM (with times varying by grade). The students look forward to our Guest Reader visits every year, so we hope you can spend time with us again this year.

This Week in Fullerton, March 2 - March 8, 2015

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