Student gardeners provide vegetables for parade float

first_img ‘I never knew it was going to be that big,’ she said. Seeing the design of the float was very exciting for the students, who oohed and ahhed when it was unveiled. ‘It was amazing,’ said Emerald Maira-Flores, 10. Baldwin Park Councilman David Olivaswatched the children as they inspected their leaves. ‘The community garden really represents the children getting in touch with their environment,’ Olivas said. ‘This particular program … really brings together children, the environment and practical use.’ [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Students from Bursch have for years been growing and learning to prepare their own food at the community garden. However, this is the first time the food they grow will be used on a Rose Parade float. The float is inspired by Beatrix Potter’s children’s book, ‘Peter Rabbit.’ It features a leafy garden with colorful flowers, butterflies, baskets of vegetables and, of course, rabbits. The float, designed by Raul Rodriguez, will be 28 feet high, 18 feet wide and 55 feet long. It will feature dozens of different types of flowers and plants, including 50,000 roses. ‘I didn’t know the kale was going to be on the float,’ said 9-year-old Natalie Ortega. ‘I was surprised.’ Jazmin cqRuiz, also 9, said she was proud of her kale, which she planted in November. BALDWIN PARK – About 70 children wearing bright orange shirts stepped carefully Friday into a patch full of purple kale they had been growing for a month at the Baldwin Park Community Garden. The fourth-graders from Bursch Elementary School knelt and inspected the purple veins stemming through the green leaves and carefully pruned their labors of love. After all, this purple kale will be seen by 40 million I?m sure the parade is seen by many more millions than 40 – you might want to check with the TofR people worldwide Jan. 2 as it adorns the edges of Kaiser Permanente’s inaugural Tournament of Roses Parade float, ‘The Magic of Good Health.’ ‘We believe very strongly in healthy eating,’ said Dr. John Bigley, medical director for Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center. ‘We’re hoping that message goes to all the viewers of the Rose Parade. … People in the United States and all over the world are going to see your work.’last_img