Kateri's Garden of Plenty
Our project was a community garden in which our school partnered with Neighbour to Neighbour (food bank) and Public Health to grow and distrubute food to those in need and to give back to the community. It was an opportunity to have students learn first hand about sustainable food and to give healthier choices. To grow our own and use it for our families was our plan for our community has many low income families that struggle because of the expense of these vegetables . We wanted to provide an opportunity for the community to become involved in the startup, the setup, the planting, the reaping and the harvesting of our gardens. Since it was our first attempt we were hesitate to go too large so we started off with 3 16'x4' raised beds for planting vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, carrots, zucchini, onions, and eggplant and one 16'x4' bed for our "3 Sisters Garden". This garden was our altar celebrating Saint Kateri who was a native woman and who was regarded as the patron saint of the envrionment. In it we planted corn, squash and beans. It was only fitting that we honour her heritage and our committment on being stewards of the earth. We asked our immediate families within our school to be part of this by volunteering their time during the summer for maintainance. We sent home letters and notified the homes around us of our intent hoping that student's and their family would become actively involved. There were many glitches that we encountered (water, lack of tools, and storage). Our whole student body was involved in the starting of seedlings/planting ,a small but diligent group worked hard over the summer, in the fall a harvest celebration took place with the school and community.
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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