School Garden Day absolutely blew us away! We achieved our new goal of 25 participating schools, for a total of over 2000 students digging into the gardens. This day not only raises awareness about the need and demand for school gardens, but also celebrates the hard work of all the students, staff and parents who keep them running. So here is a huge THANK YOU to everyone involved for your hard work, diligence and passion. It is truly inspiring!
Grade 11 environmental science class of Mary Ward Secondary Catholic School, Scarborough, transplanting vegetables they started in February. The garden will be maintained by student volunteers and senior citizens from the community center next door during the summer.
- 100 students and teachers planted lettuce, tomatoes and wild flowers at Dallington Public School in North York. This brand new project includes a communal garden, children’s garden and a pollinator’s garden. The gardens are used to improve food security and educate about sustainable food systems. A beautiful project with very high involvement from students and the community!
- “We had a great Friday with our Garden Guardians […]. We had 15 kids come have lunch by the garden and another 10 joined in to plant tomatoes, potatoes, peas, lettuce, basil, and peppers! After that we had a small class of ten first graders tour the gardens and add to it by planting carrots. We spoke to them about protecting and watching over our gardens and encouraging them to plant food at home.” – Andria Brusey of Prince of Whales Public School, Peterborough.
- “We started a food garden last school year and have begun some big improvements for this spring/summer. With the help of a grant, we have constructed 4 beautiful raised beds made of cedar posts. Our season is shorter up here, so we can not plant our seedlings outside until the first week of June, however, we’ve been caring for them I window boxes in the classrooms since April” – Tammy Baxter, Parent at Five Mile Public School, Thunder Bay.
Students at Five Mile Public School, Thunder Bay, are planning a salsa garden featuring tomatoes, onions, peppers, corn, cilantro. Along with a harvest soup garden and an herb garden. For School Garden Day they watered the plants they’ve started indoors and planned their transplanting as a class.
We will continue to share stories and photos as we receive them. Thank you again to those who sent them in! All participating schools can now be found on our interactive Garden Map.