Canoe Narrows, Saskatchewan
Please describe your garden, is it raised beds, in the ground, do you have a greenhouse?
Our garden is a fenced in area that holds 12 raised garden beds It also will include an outdoor greenhouse this year.
What vegetables/fruit do you grow in your garden? What do you have a difficult time growing in your school garden?
In the past we have grown, lettuce, radishes, potatoes, pumpkins, and peas. This year it seemed that all vegetables were difficult to grown. Potatoes are usually the easiest.
Why did your school decide to add a school garden?
It gives students the opportunity to observe the growing cycle of plants, teaches responsibility, and provides the opportunity for them to give back to the community.
What classes participate in the garden, what subjects are taught in the garden?
It gives students the opportunity to observe the growing cycle of plants, teaches responsibility, and provides the opportunity for them to give back to the community
Who manages the garden day to day? Who manages the garden over the Summer break?
The students are responsible for the garden on a day to day basis. During the summer an elder will take care of it.
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 vegetables that have been harvested in the past, are evenly distributed to each of the families in the community that have students attending our school
Do you have community involvement? Do you have parents and volunteers? Have been able to source other funding to help your garden grow?
We did not have as many volunteers as we would have liked but we will be encouraging this again in the future. We accessed a grant in the past to get our garden started.
What are your future plans for the school garden?
We plan to continue with the garden at our school. We plan to take out the garden beds and plant directly in the ground in the future and fully erect our outdoor greenhouse.
Any words of encouragement/tips for a school starting a school garden?
This project instills a lot of pride within the school and community. Students love working in the garden and we are proud to have this opportunity.
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