WHAT: Student gardeners from 11 Montebello Unified elementary, intermediate and high schools are gearing up to sell fresh, organic produce grown on their campuses for another MUSD Farmers Market event. This marketplace serves to provide a low-cost alternative to grocery store-bought fruits and vegetables, while promoting health throughout MUSD’s communities.

Students from Bell Gardens, Cesar Chavez, Garfield, Suva, Wilcox, Winter Gardens elementary schools; Bell Gardens, Macy and Suva intermediate schools; as well as Bell Gardens High, and new student garden members from La Merced Elementary will sell tomatoes, celery, onions, leafy greens, fruits and herbs, as well as school spirit items to support their gardens.

For more information, the community may contact John Garza at (562) 927-1319.

WHEN: This event, scheduled for Dec. 13, is being rescheduled. An updated notice will posted once the new date is selected.

WHERE: Bell Gardens Intermediate School, 5841 Live Oak St., Bell Gardens, CA

WHY: Over the past seven years, Montebello Unified has hosted these Farmers Markets events to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables, while spreading awareness about the importance of healthy eating, both in schools and at home.

More than 2,000 students at 20 schools are involved in gardening programs throughout Montebello Unified, and the District and its partners have sought grants to expand their programs, incorporate gardening activities into their curriculum and promote principles of sustainability and water conservation. The District aims to implement student-run gardens at each school to create a healthier school district, and in turn, a healthier community.