Belatedly I realized we hadn’t updated you on the lovely School Garden Day celebrations across Ontario. From Thunder Bay to Ottawa, Sarnia to Peterborough, and in the GTA, 36 schools registered or were included in school garden partner non-profits registrations. That’s up 38% from last year!
Our six winners of $75 gift certificates, thanks to a micro-grant from the Biodiversity Awareness and Education Network, were:
- Victory Public School, Guelph
- Five Mile Public School, Thunder Bay
- St. Brigid CES, Stouffville
- Rose Ave. PS, Toronto
- Winchester PS, Toronto
- Montessori (group of schools), North Toronto
Winners were chosen by number of students participating in School Garden Day, represented as a percentage of the school population. So here’s a challenge – if you won a gift certificate, find another school to bring into our School Garden Day Celebration next year!
The first 20 teachers who registered for School Garden Day also received a cool package from USC Canada – a Bean Biodiversity Kit featuring 3 different heritage bean types grown by Ontario farmers. Recipients are urged to pay it forward, saving those seeds and passing them along, as farmers and gardeners have done for countless generations and will continue, as part of our human right to food and conviviality!
Bravo to all participants, and please share the message widely – garden-based learning is effective and fun, and every school should have a garden!
Sunday (for the IGES team)