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HISTORY
Many efforts over time.
DESIGN
Infrastructure & layout.
LEARNING
Student Experiences & Activities
PARTNERS
Volunteers & Community.
DONORS
Funders & Supporters.
INSIGHTS
Lessons Learned.
FUTURE
What's Next?
EVENTS
Annual & Upcoming.
CONTACTS
Garden Champions.
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Saltspring Middle School Gardens 

HISTORY

In 1998-99, Martin Thorn and his Grade 6 French class created a small patch of perennials where broom had invaded on the slope outside the Middle School.

In 2000, a group created the Courtyard Garden in the open space surrounded by the Middle School building. This project continued through 2004, with many community donors. 

In recent years, EA's and teachers have planted a few veggies in the inner courtyard, while others have maintained the grapevines and ornamental perennials around the fish pond.

DESIGN

The inner courtyard includes picnic tables and other seating areas spaced around an area with exposed bedrock and shaded by large Douglas fir trees. A fish pond, surrounded by native plants, ornamentals and a grape-vine-covered arbor are located around the edges, as well as other flowers and shrubs. Some half-barrels and planter boxes contain veggies (chard and kale) and sometimes other herbs. 

Outside, there are three wooden planting boxes on the south slope under some Arbutus and Douglas fir trees, but they are not currently in use. 

LEARNING

All SIMS students were involved in a ceremony to begin carving a welcome pole in the Coast Salish tradition, led by Quentin Harris. The project will continue into the 2018-19 schoolyear. This welcome pole may be erected in the future garden as it is being carved where raised beds and a deer-fenced are planned to go.

PARTNERS

Framed photo collages in the staff room at SIMS show many volunteers and list a great number of donors to the 2000-2004 project to establish the Courtyard Garden. 

DONORS

In 2018, Foxglove Farm donated chard and kale starts. 

INSIGHTS

The raised beds constructed on the south slope of the school have no deer protection and therefore have been difficult to maintain. 

EVENTS

None at this time.

FUTURE

In 2018-19, Principal, Keiko Taylor, plans to construct a deer-fenced area with raised beds for a Middle School garden in this flat area, just off the parking lot. It has good sun exposure and was recommended by a group that looked into gardens at SIMS in the past. The Welcome Pole being carved there may be erected in this area, as well.

CONTACTS

Principal Keiko Taylor can be reached at SIMS: (250) 537-1159 and ktaylor@sd64.org

Michael Nickels with Seven Ravens Permaculture is helping with the new gardens michaelpnickels@gmail.com 

Teacher Martin Thorn led past garden efforts. 

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