With a snip-snip here and a snip-snip there, Ocean View School District leaders and community members officially reopened the refurbished farm at Golden View Elementary School on Tuesday morning.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony included tours of the 2½-acre school farm, which district officials say is the only one of its kind in Orange County.
Renovation work at the farm, at 17251 Golden View Lane in Huntington Beach, included new fencing, new sheep and goat enclosures and an outdoor animal exercise area. The total cost was $427,142, the district said.
Tending the farm teaches Golden View students how to care for animals and introduces them to the concept of environmental stewardship through a “recycle, reuse and repurpose program,” according to the district.
Students also learn about cultivating and harvesting plants, as well as how to cook with natural ingredients.
“We are so proud of the Golden View farm and the engaging, real-world experiences it provides our students,” Ocean View Supt. Carol Hansen said in a statement. “The wonderful improvements that have been made ensure that both our students and animals thrive in a safe and conducive learning environment.”