The Food Program maintains the Community School Garden: Food program coordinators and community volunteers work with the school kids, teaching them about gardening, ecology and how to grow food. We also involve the kids in tastings, sometimes cooking on the picnic table what they have just picked. The Food Program also works with the school on a number of projects, such as Applefest and the Fruit tree project.
The community library is there, too nearby. Volunteers come help with the garden. We’ve tried work parties with Colleen – and Jana was the only one who’s there.
One of her mandates is to get more people involved. The other groups aren’t directly involved, but there’s Yellow-House Art Centre, and she’s been talking about collaboration on a project in the school garden – to tie art and gardening together – maybe redo an old scarecrow. To host workshops or seed-starting party in the greenhouse are other plans. There’s a separate coordinator for the greenhouse –
Plan for future is to get more community involved. Number one goal.
They have these students from UBC food science who come and volunteer with the food program, and this year, they helped in the garden. Six women who had never held a shovel, and I was almost in tears because they were discovering themselves.
The teachers are already overwhelmed, the last thing that they need is one more thing. I don’t know if you should depend on the teachers for the garden. You need some dedicated volunteers to get it started.
They have a permaculture specialist on Galiano, so she hopes to do winter workshops.
She thinks it would be neat to connect with other people involved in school gardens – a Facebook group.
Here's a link to an update from the new School Garden Coordinator, Brahmi Benner: http://www.galianoclub.org/2018/04/school-garden-update-by-brahmi-benner/