Canoe Narrows, Saskatchewan
Please describe your garden, is it raised beds, in the ground, do you have a greenhouse?
It was raised bed behind the health clinic, we needed security to keep over the summer while the teachers and students were on holidays
What vegetables/fruit do you grow in your garden? What do you have a difficult time growing in your school garden?
carrots, potatoes, green onions, lettuce, beans
Why did your school decide to add a school garden?
We tried it several years ago and made a raised bed right behind the school, but because the teacher left there was no one to maintain it over the summer, and unfortunately animals got in and destroyed it. We know that this is important to add to the overall health of our students and community.
What classes participate in the garden, what subjects are taught in the garden?
The grade 11 students - environmental education and the Northern Lifestyles helped out and talked about food sustainability for the future.
Who manages the garden day to day? Who manages the garden over the Summer break?
The clinic staff, teachers and elders. parents and grandparents of the students.
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 harvest was distributed around the community.
Do you have community involvement? Do you have parents and volunteers? Have been able to source other funding to help your garden grow?
Yes we had parents and volunteers, and the health clinic obtained monies from MLTC to make the raised beds.
What are your future plans for the school garden?
We hope to continue and grow.
Any words of encouragement/tips for a school starting a school garden?
The hardest part is starting.
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