Please describe your garden, is it raised beds, in the ground, do you have a greenhouse?
We currently have a vegetable garden in our courtyard that takes up the perimeter wall, using raised beds.
What vegetables/fruit do you grow in your garden? What do you have a difficult time growing in your school garden?
We grew squash, tomatoes, carrots, peas, pumpkins, onions, cabbage, etc. Tomatoes proved to be difficult this year.
Why did your school decide to add a school garden?
It was important for us to be able to provide fresh food for new comer families.
What classes participate in the garden, what subjects are taught in the garden?
The EAL class primarily uses it. However the Grade 7 Science class uses it for soil science and nutrition.
Who manages the garden day to day? Who manages the garden over the Summer break?
The newcomers student group and sustainability group.
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?
Food is donated to newcomers families
Do you have community involvement? Do you have parents and volunteers? Have been able to source other funding to help your garden grow?
We have had community garden leaders come in to give advice and best growing practice.
What are your future plans for the school garden?
Continue what were are doing and expand to growing herbs in the classroom using aquaponics.
Any words of encouragement/tips for a school starting a school garden?
Do not give up after the first growing season!!
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