STUDENT PROJECT: ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK 2010 | Collections from Near and Afar: Yucatán Peninsula

During Spring Break 2010, Patricia Fung, then a student at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), participated in CAN’s Alternative Spring Break program. She traveled to the Yucatán Peninsula with 11 students from UCSC landed.  After landing in Cancún, the group traveled to the community o f Tzucacab. The primary goal of the project was to design and start a 1-hectare school garden at La Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Numero 65, which is a junior high school in Tzucacab that teaches technical trades, such as computers, animal husbandry, and agriculture. The trip was lead by Devon Sampson and Grace Voohris from UCSC in conjunction with Professor Juan Jimenez, Alfonso Castillo, Hector Estrada, Juan Antonio Jimenez, students from the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY), and the community of Tzucacab.

Since graduating from UCSC, Patty works as the garden coordinator-educator at Alice Fong Yu Alternative School in San Francisco.