Update from Patagonia Union High School
Over the last year, Borderlands Restoration has dramatically increased its youth engagement within the Patagonia community. After an overwhelming successful summer Borderlands Earth Care Youth (BECY) Institute, in which Borderlands Restoration employs high school students from the Sonoita Creek Watershed to restore their home landscape, we began restoring the Patagonia Union High School (PUHS) campus grounds. The final project for the BECY Institute was to build rainwater harvesting terraces at PUHS and plant this new garden with native pollinator-attracting plants. We planted over 150 native plants with the monsoon rains last year and have already gathered the first harvest of seeds from the Watershed Living Laboratory for further campus grounds restoration.
This rainwater harvesting terrace project has continued with a subsequent 80+ feet of terrace at three levels. This has been an ongoing project that has garnered much community support. It has been overwhelmingly rewarding to watch the students blossom into land stewards, motivated to continue restoring the campus grounds. Another workday is scheduled for Friday, January 16th at 1pm. We will finish shaping the terraces and building rock retention walls in preparation to plant with the monsoon rains in July. Contact Caleb Weaver at weaver.caleb -at – gmail –dot– com for more information.
Visit the BECY Institute page on our website to learn more information about the summer job program. It costs $1,950 to support one local youth through this summer program. If you are interested in supporting this program on any level, please contact Caleb Weaver at weaver.caleb-at-gmail –dot — com.