In the past couple of years, the focus has been on planting the garden for the successful Harvest Lunch. For example, potatoes, carrots, onions and kale are used by grade 3-5 classes to make vegetarian soup. Apples are used in the apple crumble by grade 1-2 classes and the kindergarden class makes apple sauce. In the first year, the food was eaten in each of the classrooms. This past year, everyone ate together in the gym.
It's mainly PAC parents who maintain the gardens. Parents Sarah Etherington, Chantal and Scott, did a lot. Teacher Janice Parker was also very involved.
From the Feb 14, 2019 Fulford Newsletter: "Glen Wilson, a parent of one of our kindergarten students, has kindly offered to devote Tuesday afternoons to working in the school garden. He will be in the garden from approximately 1:30 pm until the end of the school day. For the first few weeks there will be lots of clean up to do in the garden to get it ready for planting. Once the garden is ready, small groups of children from the classes will come out to work in the garden. If any other parents are interested in helping out, please go to the garden on Tuesday afternoons after 1:30. If you are coming to pick up your child at the end of the day, come a bit earlier to help in the garden on Tuesdays. All help is much needed and appreciated. For more information, please contact Glen at email@example.com."
From the April 18, 2019 Fulford Bulletin - Garden Report:
"Steady Progress is moving along. I was not able to be at the garden last Tuesday the 16th so I do not know what was done on that day. Eric (K- Violet's Dad) is donating a 450 gallon tank that will be very useful. We may be able to use the tank to move water from a pond somewhere during the summer to keep some plants alive when it is hot. Eric has also been steadily dropping in to do work on clearing beds. Mana, Amelie (3) and Louis' (pre K) Mom continues working on clearing out the overgrown beds - a lot of work removing blackberries and wild roses. She has completely freed the overgrown raspberries (now we need a trellis). Kaz and her Nature classes (3-5) are working on weeding beds and planting every week on Mondays and Tuesdays. Bush beans, Calendula, and lettuces have been planted. Ara and the K class has planted peas in another bed. Kaz's nature workers (3-5) built the pea teepee for Ara's class. Melissa (K-Emma) has pruned the fruit trees for us.
Thank you to anyone that I have not mentioned.
I am going to continue working away at finding grant funding or organizing future fundraising to try to complete rainwater harvesting and water storage for next season. Natalie Meisner is taking on the grant applications.
WE NEED SOIL! No the easiest thing to find but if anyone has any soil we can have call me and I will arrange to come and get it!
GARDEN WORK DAYS will continue to be Tuesdays from 1 til 4.
Glen Wilson 250 653 4290