Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Please describe your garden, is it raised beds, in the ground, do you have a greenhouse?
4 Raised beds
We started the plants inside the small grow room in our school from March to May and then transplanted them outside in June
What grade levels worked in the garden and did you or another teacher link some of your curriculum outcomes to the garden?
Student volunteers from grades 10 to 12 participated during after school hours to plan, maintain and care for the garden.
What vegetables/fruit do you grow in your garden? What do you have a difficult time growing in your school garden?
Sunflowers, marigolds, nasturtium, tomatoes, beans, different variety of squash, radish, carrots, asparagus, cucumber, zucchini.
Strawberry and asparagus did not make it.
Why did your school decide to add a school garden?
To improve the food security
To have a place for community garden since many students did not have that space at home
Who manages the garden day to day? Who manages the garden over the Summer break?
All work is done by the student volunteers all through summer
What do you do with the harvest from your garden? Do you have a harvest celebration? Do you use it in the cafeteria, or culinary classes? Do you donate some of the produce?
We donated it to the PEI Community Fridge in Charlottetown
Do you have community involvement? Do you have parents and volunteers? Have been able to source other funding to help your garden grow?
Mainly run by student volunteers. Parents of some volunteers have occasionally given us a helping hand.
Any words of encouragement/tips for a school starting a school garden?
Try different veggies, fruits and other plants. Donate more to the local groups. Involve more students.
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