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Sotomayor Arts & Sciences Magnet Farm

Sunday | April 14 | 10 AM–5 PM

School Garden
Design: Reies Flores & Arturo Romo
Care: Student interns
Garden Size: 1.4 acres
Started: 2014

A native garden woven into a school farm, Sotomayor Arts and Sciences Magnet Farm, is housed in the Sally Ride CTE Center at Sotomayor. The award-winning campus (Sustainability in Innovation Award, USGBC 2014, Customer of the Year Award for water conservation, LADWP 2023) was designed as a collaboration between HMC Architects, EPT Design and Breen Engineering. The initial plant palette for the campus was intentionally selected to showcase the ecosystem of the Los Angeles River–as the campus is built within the historic LA River floodplain. The regenerative farm and garden were designed by founding CTE Agriculture Teacher, Roberto Reies Flores, and integrates vegetable gardens, fruit trees, livestock (from chickens to cows), a greenhouse, native plants (most propagated on site by students) and a large native riparian habitat that is itself an ongoing student driven restoration project and partnerships with community partners like FoLAR, Community Nature Connection and the Audubon Center at Debs Park. The farm and garden are run by Mr. Flores, his students as well as UCLA Afterschool Program student interns.

Notable Plants

California Fuchsia

Mulefat (Baccharis salicifolia)
Black Sage (Salvia mellifera)
Mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana)
Coast Sunflower (Encelia californica)
California Fuchsia (Epilobium canum)