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Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

Contact Info


Mark Hodges
Senior Director,
Regional Occupational Program


Jim Howes
Assistant Director,
Regional Occupational Program


Michelle Cuartilon
Department Office Coordinator,
Regional Occupational Program


Main phone #: (831) 466-5760
Fax: (831) 466-5769


Visit the Regional Occupational Programs web site: http://www.rop.santacruz.k12.ca.us

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Student & Personnel Services: Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

ROP Instructor Helps SLVHS Become First School to Host a SchoolGrown LEAF Greenhouse

SLVHS LEAF Greenhouse

During the first week of February, the San Lorenzo Valley School Board approved the lease and operating agreement to allow SchoolGrown to place and operate a LEAF (Living System Aquaponic Facility) greenhouse at San Lorenzo Valley High School (SLVHS), in Felton, CA. SchoolGrown is a non-profit organization based in Half Moon Bay, dedicated to promoting sustainable agriculture, savvy water use, and resource conservation through advocacy, education, research, and service.

SLVHS became the first school to receive a LEAF greenhouse largely because of the ROP aquaculture program lead by Dave Grant. Mr. Grant has developed an aquaculture program that includes fish breeding, multiple outdoor fish tanks, and has introduced the class to aquaponics. Adding a LEAF greenhouse extends this experience. Students will be able to apply their knowledge in an environment that has an integrated business model, further preparing them for a successful future.



Over the next couple of weeks, the schedule for the build will be announced on a webpage dedicated to LEAF #1. There will be an opportunity to volunteer and be part of this exciting development. Additionally, the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) registration will be added to the same page (see below).


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