Staff Report

The students at Oak Valley Elementary School in Buellton have been growing their own produce on campus and will be using it to make into a fundraiser luncheon at the school on Sunday, Nov. 4.

“Pasta with a Purpose” will be from 1 to 4 p.m. in the school’s multipurpose room, with marinara sauce made from the student-grown tomatoes. There will also be a garden tour, photo booth and lawn games for kids of all ages.

The Oak Valley School Garden relies on grants and fundraising to provide education in the garden. The program has teamed up with Explore Ecology of Santa Barbara to provide garden instruction three times a week throughout the school year. In October the kids are concentrating on building a composting program and turning the food scraps from lunch into compost.

There will be an opportunity before the luncheon to visit the garden at the school’s Fall Farmer’s Market on Oct. 19, where students will be selling their pumpkins, corn, jam, fruits and vegetables.

Tickets for the luncheon are $10 for kids 3 to 10 years old and $15 for people 11 and older. Pre-sale tickets are available on under the events section, or by emailing