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Grow Perris

The City has built a Community Garden Demonstration Center (“Grow Perris”) on the north side of the City Hall Campus.

Exhibiting a variety of produce growing systems ideal for small areas or urban settings, the long-term vision for the project is to build a sustainable edible garden to facilitate horticultural and nutrition education for the community. Part of that vision includes having the youth, adult and senior populations assist with planting, harvesting and management of the Garden.

Help Our Garden Grow - Be a Volunteer!

Want to help out? We're always looking for volunteers to help us maintain the garden:

Perris Green City Farm

In consideration of the California drought as well as the climate and atmospheric conditions in the City of Perris, the project features environmentally friendly and water-wise landscaping elements and growing systems.

These systems include raised garden beds, rolling garden towers, as well as modern growing mediums such as hydroponic and aeroponic gardening systems. The garden has installated several Aeroponic Vertical Tower systems with a vertical Farm-in-the-City design that lets urban farmers grow different types of produce within a 2.5' by 2.5' footprint. These modern produce growing technologies address traditional farming issues such as land space, water usage, plant disease, and soil degradation.

The Perris Green City Farm serves as a model to inspire and facilitate community engagement and nutrition education for a healthier lifestyle. Now that installation of the Perris Green City Farm is complete, subsequent phases will continue to engage the community. Planned phases include creating educational opportunities and implementing a marketplace cooperative to donate, trade or sell the harvest to local organizations.

Yoga in the Garden

Yoga in the Garden Info

RSVP is required for this class as the space is limited. To reserve your spot please contact Eduardo Sida
(951) 943-6100 ext. 301.

“Yoga in the Garden” are free yoga classes offered to community members of all ages. Participants engage in a balance between physical activity and meditation. Participants will learn yoga postures and breathing techniques that will help their bodies become stronger, flexible, and stable. Yoga mats are provided by Grow Perris, but participants are also welcome to bring your own.  Join us for a peaceful, relaxing and fun yoga session! All levels welcomed!

Yoga in the Garden
Yoga in the Garden

Diabetes Cooking Class (Bilingual)

Cooking Class Info

For dates and times, download the calendar of events:

Grow Perris offers FREE classes for anyone interested in learning ways to manage diabetes through healthy cooking and healthy eating. Participants learn how to properly read nutrition labels and the basics on how to manage diabetes. This bilingual class is presented by a registered dietitian through the Riverside Community Diabetes Collaborative. Join us for a fun and educational session!

Diabetes Cooking Class
Diabetes Cooking Class

Chef in the Garden

Chef in the Garden Info

RSVP to Eduardo Sida
(951) 943-6100 ext. 301

Our Chef in the Garden series, led by Chef Lee Burton, provides a cooking demonstration that integrates healthy easy recipes and nutrition education. Chef Lee creates recipes that use in-season harvest directly from our community garden. After the class, residents are able to take produce from the garden to replicate the healthy recipes at home!

Chef in the Garden
Chef in the Garden

Master in the Garden Workshops

Garden Workshops Info

For questions and to RSVP please contact Eduardo Sida
(951)943-6100 ext. 301

For dates and times, download the calendar of events:

The Master in the Garden Workshops provide residents with the knowledge to create a home garden or to continue the care of an existing garden. Topics include: seasonal planting, organic gardening, natural pest control, food safety in gardens and much more!

Christine Lampe, a UCCE Master Gardener, facilitates the workshops and provides the necessary materials for the workshops. Don’t miss this great opportunity!

Workshop
Workshop

Perris Green City Farm Sponsors

Sponsors

Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge

In 2016, the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties partnered to create the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. As one of the 50 finalists in the challenge, the City of Perris received a $10,000 grant to continue on to the HealthyCommunity50 Challenge, competing to win the $250,000 grand prize.

About the Challenge

The goal of the challenge is to to encourage small to mid-size U.S. cities and counties to create a positive health impact. The City of Perris has committed to partner with community, faith-based and school groups to create 31 sustainable and edible urban community gardens throughout the City. These gardens will provide a source of fresh fruit and vegetables in disadvantaged neighborhoods with little access to such healthy choices. The 31-garden project, consisting of Grow Perris, five community satellite hub sites, and 25 neighborhood sites, will endeavor to ensure that all Perris residents can obtain fresh fruits and vegetables within a half-mile of their homes.

The Grow Perris program community garden will serve as a model to encourage residents to grow their own community gardens.

The City of Perris has until September 2018 to complete the challenge.

Become a Sponsor!

Help us meet the Community Challenge by becoming a sponsor.

If you would like to your organization or residence to be a satellite garden hub, download the application.

Recent Partnerships

Select a partner to see related pictures and learn about its vision for a garden.

  • Avalon Elementary

    Overhead view of Avalon Elementary planned garden area.

    Why would you like to be part of the Challenge?
    “We want to give students the opportunity to have hands on experiences in the growing process of food, which will enable students to have a strong foundation in sustainable growing so that as these students become adults, they will be able to lead communities with new technologies and help to produce much needed food. In addition, it ties in with our STEAM education at Avalon and project based learning. ”

    What is the vision or mission for your Garden?
    “As we prepare students to go into the 21st century, we need to teach students how to grow food in a healthy sustainable way. It allows the students to have hands on experience working in the garden, taking fresh healthy food to their lunch program, and enjoying their efforts by consuming what they grow.”

    - Tammy Roughton

    Ground view of Avalon Elementary planned garden area.

  • Columbia Elementary

    Why would you like to be part of the Challenge?
    “We would like for our students to learn how to establish a school and home garden; learn about healthy foods and vegetables. Provide community outreach nutrition as well as educate the parents of the value of home gardens.”

    What is the vision or mission for your Garden?
    “We would like to have our students learn about drought resistant plants as well as edible vegetation/vegetables. We would like our students to learn how to establish a garden and learn about the nutritional value of vegetables. The ultimate goal is for our students to design and establish home gardens and grow vegetables and fruits for home consumption.”

    - Thelma Almuena

    Columbia Elementary
    Columbia Elementary
    Columbia Elementary
    Columbia Elementary
    Columbia Elementary
  • Dora Nelson African-American Art and History Museum

    Dora Nelson Museum

    Garden Site

    Dora Nelson Museum

    Why would you like to be part of the Challenge?
    “The Dora Nelson African-American Art and History Museum is a place where we can provide space to grow a community garden and promote healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.”

    What is the vision or mission for your Garden?
    “We want to help in the challenge by sharing these healthy messages with the Perris residents while at the same times sharing local history.”

    - Lovella Singer

    Dora Nelson Museum

  • May Ranch Elementary

    May Ranch Elementary

    Why would you like to be part of the Challenge?
    “I would like to help cultivate and educate my students on how to grow healthy food options.”

    What is the vision or mission for your Garden?
    “My mission is to establish, maintain and cultivate a school garden with our students. I want the garden to be self-sustaining and give back to the community, school and volunteers with pride and produce.”

    - Kellianne HagueShaw

    May Ranch Elementary

  • Mead Valley Elementary

    Mead Valley Elementary

    Why would you like to be part of the Challenge?
    “We currently have an established garden. We would like to replicate the aeroponic and aquaponic systems from the Perris Green City Farm as well as update our greenhouse. We would also like to increase students’ knowledge of plant lifecycles and healthy eating through hands on educational programs.”

    What is the vision or mission for your Garden?
    “Our vision is to increase environmental awareness and understanding, while teaching students to cultivate and grow fresh foods.”

    - Cindy Johnson

    Mead Valley Elementary

     

    Mead Valley Elementary

  • Pinacate Middle School

    Pinacate Middle School

    Why would you like to be part of the Challenge?
    “We want to promote growing your own food for the purpose of healthy eating, proper nutrition and just an overall healthy lifestyles with our students and families.”

    What is the vision or mission for your Garden?
    “The mission or vision is to educate middle school students on the benefits of healthy eating and nutrition and to prepare our students for the agriculture science program at Perris High School and Heritage High.”

    - Rebecca Brown

    Pinacate Middle School

  • Triple Crown Elementary

    Triple Crown Elementary

    Why would you like to be part of the Challenge?
    “It is important for our children to learn the importance of good nutrition and have clear understanding of the role agriculture plays in health.”

    What is the vision or mission for your Garden?
    “We want Triple Crown scholars to engage in project based learning activities, involving our garden that incorporate NGSS and CCSS. We would also like to partner with the local high schools and the City of Perris to develop an after-school club that maintains the garden and monitors the progress of the plants.”

    - Deni Seagrave

    Triple Crown Elementary

  • SDA Church

    Seventh Day Adventist Church overhead view.

    Why would you like to be part of the Challenge?
    “We would like to provide a space where people in the immediate neighborhood can grow organic produce that will improve their health and health and their families."

    What is the vision or mission for your Garden?
    “Our mission is to improve quality of life in aspire human generosity, family togetherness, and community outreach.”

    -Bertha Tutt

    Seventh Day Adventist Church ground view of potential garden plot.

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