Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick
Please describe your garden, is it raised beds, in the ground, do you have a greenhouse?
Raised beds and beds on the ground no green house compost bin shed.
What vegetables/fruit do you grow in your garden? What do you have a difficult time growing in your school garden?
strawberries, melons, cucumbers, beans, peppers, potatoes, squash, tomatoes, pumpkins, onions, corn, lettuce
Why did your school decide to add a school garden?
To encourage the students to eat healthy and to explain the importance of organic food
What classes participate in the garden, what subjects are taught in the garden?
kindergarten to grade 8
Who manages the garden day to day? Who manages the garden over the Summer break?
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?
The school had a harvest celebration and invited the community. Some of the food was used in the cafeteria. Some veggies were used for a "pay what you can" farmers market. Students were also able to sample fruits and veggies straight from the garden.
Do you have community involvement? Do you have parents and volunteers? Have been able to source other funding to help your garden grow?
Elders in the community are extremely involved with the garden. Students and some parents are also involved.
What are your future plans for the school garden?
To continue the school garden into the future. It has been a great addition to the school and the students love it.
Any words of encouragement/tips for a school starting a school garden?
Have the students involved with the gardening process
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