Irwin Burchell’s motto “Plant good trees on good land. Take care of them and they will take care of you” is the genesis of Burchell Nursery’s ongoing philanthropic efforts locally, nationally and globally.
For over 75 years the Burchell Nursery has been donating trees to various civic and charitable organizations. The donated trees are helping to sustain the communities where they have been planted providing nutritious food for those who are underserved with little or no access to fresh fruits.
A recent recipient of Tomorrow’s Harvest fruit trees through the Give & Grow HOPE tree gifting program is Pasadena High School these fruit trees will not only help feed local members of the community, they will serve as a learning experience for the students who will be tending to them as part of the school’s STEM program.
“Our school garden program is thriving and providing outdoor classroom space for students to learn about healthy eating, science, and other subjects,” said Superintendent Brian McDonald. “Thanks to the dedication and generosity of our community partners, we’re expanding the way students learn.”
The new half-acre garden at PHS will be the 19th built on a PUSD campus. The garden will serve as an outdoor classroom for more than 1,800 PHS students and enrich science learning. The school garden will include vegetables, herbs, and fruit grown from seeds and seedlings. This curriculum will lead students through lessons in seeds and germination, soils, insects, gardening, harvesting, and nutrition.