In the fall of 2013, Sonya gathered a group of teachers together to plan a garden at the Bullock School, which could be used as a space to teach students across the curriculum through gardening. She contacted Celebrity Landscaper Ahmed Hassan via social media for advice. Not only did he respond to her message a few hours later, he also advised her and her Bullock Garden Team on what was needed to establish a sustainable school garden. Ahmed connected Sonya with a local South Jersey landscape designer, Mike Pasquarello of Elite Landscaping in Berlin, NJ. Together, after almost a year of planning, partnerships with landscape and horticultural experts from across the country sponsored donations and fundraising efforts, the Bullock Elementary Children’s Garden became a reality the weekend of May 2-3, 2015.
In October 2016, Sonya & Bullock Garden was awarded the very first “Best in New Jersey” Jersey Fresh Farm-to-School Award by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture for her drive in ensuring that the Bullock Children’s Garden serves as a tool for assisting teachers in teaching children across the curriculum through garden education, provides free, fresh, organic produce to the local community (helping to eliminate a food desert) and for partnering with several organizations and green industry leaders to ensure successful learning opportunities for the Bullock Elementary students. She speaks to audiences of educators and Green Industry professionals, promoting the benefits of gardening with children and creating school gardens.