Bridgeview School Garden
Our garden project was the only school garden project in Lambton County when it was conceived last March. Each student at Bridgeview, from kindergarten to grade eight, started a seed, which they tended (and often killed) until a planting ceremony in June. Students participated in “field tours” when they were learning about outdoorsy things, and, with the help of teachers and parents, learned about garden tending over the summer. The community really rallied to help make this happen; Our project partners are The One Tomato Project, which is a community garden organization, Guardian Tree Service, who donated mulch, Return The Landscape, for consulting on native plants and giving potting soil, Degroots Nurseries, for replacing unsuccessful seedlings, and Bridgeview Parent Council for start-up funds and maintenance. Last season, a parent gifted a truckload of compost.
Our goals are to encourage healthy eating and create interest in gardening, food, and outdoor spaces. This year, we plan to add a butterfly/bee native plant garden and trellises along the kindergarten play yard fence, and also to use heirloom plants to save seed from to make our garden more sustainable. We would like to add a rain barrel, as the hose is difficult to use during summer months.
Students of Bridgeview are the primary beneficiaries, using the garden’s hands-on learning opportunities and healthy snacks. Teachers were able to better illustrate core subject lessons, such as seed starting, biology, weather, health, and geology, and some classes did “field trips” out to examine things.
The entire village of Point Edward benefits from the beautification of a lush garden in a central location, and the legacy of a community space. Residents are eager to stop by and contribute or to talk about it, demonstrated by residents bringing plants from their own gardens to fill empty spaces.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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