A sense of place is central to the learning community at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Great attention has been given to creating an environment that nurtures creativity, nourishes soul, and seeks to transform. That process is guided by and enhanced by the trees, the plants, the water, and the spatial design of both the Lambert Road and Ladera Lane Campuses. And the man who has directed these efforts is heading into retirement, leaving behind a legacy of matter that will forever continue to shape our students, faculty, staff, and anyone else who has the good fortune to walk the grounds.
Pacifica co-founder and faculty member Maren Hansen asked Marshall to compile a list of his many achievements on the Pacifica campuses. Here are some highlights of Marshall’s tenure at Pacifica.
The Lambert Road Campus
Nov. 1988 – starting at the Lambert Road property, assess site and irrigate as needed
1989-1990 – Landscaping west end of Administration Building and Courtyard, major irrigation manifolds and piping installed; new sub main lines taken to margins of the property (finished in 1994)
1990-91 – First planting of deciduous fruit trees behind Guest House and below future rose garden
1992-94 – Food production below current library and site of future South Hall, food for kitchen, staff and faculty
1994 – Open up ground for current organic market garden at south side of property
1994 – Ceremonial Circle (class gift) (redone in 2007)
1991-1996 – First cycle of landscaping of existing building, entrance, roadsides, and Riverine Woodland along Lambert Road.
1997 - 2000 – Expansion of organic market farm to 3 acres, clearing dying lemons on terraces, and first of 4 flocks of laying hens.
2000 – Eureka Lemon Orchard replanted on two acres in herbs and vegetables
2000 -2004 – Re-imagining and re-landscaping property into Mediterranean floristic regions of the world.
1994-2006 – Incremental expansion of low-chill orchard and edible landscaping.
2005 – 2006 – Change the oak-dominated slope below dining lawn to Cal. Live Oak Woodland, removing non-natives and plant native species.
2008 – Major realignment of entry road and parking expansion and attending landscaping.
2008 – Herman E. Warsh Memorial Garden below the Courtyard.
2009 – Expansion of farm to block below the Lemon Orchard, making farm close to 2 acres.
2010 – Sewer Project, advised on routing and buried utilities; saved possible over costs directed to constructing two special features:
2011 – Foundation Fountain located at the head of The Grotto, all materials derived on site
Western Creek and Settling Basins (stone lined) and new Riparian Oak Woodland
2012 – HeronWood Labyrinth (and sister Labyrinth at the Ladera Campus), soil and stone from property.
2013 – 2015 – Major apple grafting project, especially “Mother EinShemer” tree top-grafted with over 70 varieties of uncommon and rare varieties. Ed Hachfeld, Master Grafter.
2012, 2013, 2014 – SB Foodbank’s Farm-to-Table fundraisers at the market farm.
Ongoing activities managed by Marshall Chrostowski
From 1989 – Seed conservation and varietal and material trials at the market garden; cooperative projects with SSE, SB Seed Guild, SB Seed Swap (multiple years), Ojai Seed Swap,
From 1990 – Trialing and evaluating low-chill fruit trees and shrubs, grafting and other techniques used and taught
From 1990 – Vegetable, herbs and small fruit production and distribution (retail and wholesale and many tons donated to Foodbank and other non-profit kitchens and pantries
From 1991 – Interns, employees, volunteers and student projects at the farm (over 100 persons)
From 1992 – Garden and/or Farm tours (over 200)
Highlights of Marshall Chrostowski projects on the Ladera Campus
2005 – Major clearing and landscaping for the 30th Anniversary
2006 – Marion Woodman Memorial Rose Spiral
2009 – Clearing and planting Olive Allie with balled and boxed ancient and new olive trees, west end of Administration Building
2010 - 2011 – Low-chill Deciduous Orchard north of Residence Hall
2010 – Source Fountain and associated landscaping and reworking existing succulent garden adjacent to the Fountain.
2011-13 Expansion of drought-resistant landscaping
2012 – Laid out Medicinal Wheel for class donation, prepped the area and made path.
2012 – Oak Grove Labyrinth and landscaping – cohort gift and work.
2012 – James Hillman Memorial Oak Grove – creation and ceremony
2014 – Succulent Rock Gardens and mulched lawn area at inner entrance to campus
2015 – Renovating with augmented design and defense of the Marion Woodman Memorial Rose Spiral.
Marshall, thank you so much for your contributions. We are forever grateful.