Boise Urban Garden School Opens New Education Center

via City of Boise Press Release 

Thanks to a unique partnership with the City of Boise, the Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS) will celebrate the grand opening of a new education center at 11 a.m. Monday, March 16, in the city’s Comba Park, 2995 N. Five Mile.

Mayor David Bieter and Boise Parks & Recreation Director Doug Holloway will join BUGS Coordinator Erin Guerricabeitia, staff and donors for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour. Students from Summerwind Elementary School will get their hands dirty with some gardening activities.

The 1,500-square-foot, barn-shaped center features a commercial kitchen, classroom space, and administrative office. A ¾-acre education and community garden will open later this spring.

In December 2014, Boise Parks & Recreation and BUGS formalized a partnership that will further expand the community garden and education-based services. A non-profit organization, BUGS will continue to raise funds for building and garden improvements; Boise Parks & Recreation will support center operations.

“Creating more opportunity for our residents, especially our children, to learn about and live healthy lives one of the best ways I can think of to ensure the health and vibrancy of our city,” said Mayor Bieter. “Through BUGS and this project, we take one more step in that direction and add to the wide range of ways we are making Boise the most livable city in the country.”

The new building and garden will allow BUGS to host youth field trips, camps and community education classes serving thousands of children and adults annually, said Guerricabeitia. “The Boise Urban Garden School strives to grow healthy communities and inquiring minds.”

A partnership with the Boise Urban Garden School and other efforts to combat childhood obesity are among the community wellness recommendations in the 2011 Boise Parks & Recreation comprehensive plan.

Construction of the new education center was funded, in part, by BUGS, Dr. Trudy Comba and her family, the City of Boise, Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation, Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, NORCO Medical and Julius C. Jeker Foundation.

For more information about BUGS, see www.boiseurbangardenschool.org or contact Erin Guerricabeitia at eguerricabeitia@cityofboise.org or by calling (208) 376-3006.