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The Tule River Parkway Association (TRPA) is partnering with the City of Porterville and other groups to plant 18 native plant demonstration g…

Two years ago Steve McCracken, Special Services teacher at Terra Bella Elementary school, planted a vegetable and rose garden that he uses to teach students from kindergarten to multi-age classes (grades 3,4 and 5 in the same classroom) throughout the school year. 

“We do so many cool things at the school,” he said on Wednesday, May 8. “The garden is a group effort by community volunteers. We are working on ELD (English Language Development) classes and students from Carl F. Smith Middle School come and help our younger students. I incorporate history, social studies, math, and science in my lessons for the students in the garden.”

Proceeds will benefit local student scholarships

With spring in full swing, green thumbs are sure to be delighted and may even pick up a few new gardening ideas during Porterville Garden Club’s Home Garden Tour on Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. 

The self-guided home garden tour will showcase five gardens in west Porterville as well as a visit to the Secret Garden in Lindsay. There should be a map included with the Porterville Garden Tour brochure, and there will be a sign identifying each home on the garden tour. 


Monache High School FFA agriculture department sold oranges, vegetables, citrus trees and plants on Saturday, March 30, at their third annual FFA Farmers Day event. Besides the sale, 55 runners also participated in a 5K run earlier in the day. According to teacher and head of the Monache ag department James Corbett, they made $12,000 on Saturday, and over 1,000 people visited the department.