Strathcona School Gardens
In the spring of 2013 a group of motivated parents and staff of Strathcona School in Hamilton, Ontario built 3 raised garden beds, using one-time funding through a local community Grant. In support of the garden, parents and students held a garden fundraiser which raised just enough money to purchase an outdoor locked deck box, tools and other supplies required to maintain the garden over the summer. The garden began in the spring with a school celebration in which the entire school community participated by sowing the first seedlings into the garden. Throughout the summer, parents and community members volunteered on a weekly basis with their children to water, weed and harvest vegetables and herbs from the school garden. The harvested foods were then eaten, or stored in hopes to be used for the snack program and special food events throughout the coming school year. As the new school year began, we did encounter some challenges around issues of the growing season and food preservation. Most of the time spent maintaining the garden has been over the summer months, when the children are not attending school. Our immediate future goal is then to increase the participation of students in the garden during the school year by lengthening the growing season in accordance with the school year, and to focus on vegetables and herbs that compliment our needs (ie-spring and fall harvests). Our second goal is to improve student participation and student knowledge by providing adequate supplies and resources (signage/supplies). This will lead to a higher yield and less waste as the veggies and herbs grown will be able to be harvested and consumed by the students themselves as a result of their efforts.
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