Environmental tour makes stop in SM

by Natalie Ragus

Entertainers from the Common Vision environmental-education group perform Thursday for Taylor Elementary School students during a stop on the group's

Twenty-five “Earth Educators” descended upon Taylor Elementary School Thursday in their veggie-oil-powered caravan to help students plant fruit trees and dance to the “eco-beat.”

The “Earth educators” were from environmental education group Common Vision, and their visit to the Santa Maria school was a stop along the way in the group's annual Fruit Tree Tour, a 20-city tour to plant more than 1,000 fruit trees on urban campuses, while teaching children about sustainable ecology.

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Interview with Organic Mechanic Leo Buc

Mo Mellady talks on-the-air with Fruit Tree Tour's onboard organic mechanic and homegrown hip hopper Leo Buc.

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Choose Your Own Adventure

For intrepid travelers able to commit to a three-month project, Common Vision offers a chance to road-trip up the gorgeous California coastline and back while helping kids turn their schoolyards into fruit orchards.

Twenty-five Fruit Tree Tour volunteers travel in a fleet of psychedelically painted, veggie oil-powered school buses, stopping at pre-scheduled schools (largely in underserved urban areas) to teach students the entire process of planting — how to shovel, pick and plant ten to 50 trees. Volunteers introduce topics most of the children have never heard of before — nutrient cycles, soil microlife, the importance of fresh food, tree biology and drumming.

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