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General News · 12th March 2013
Laura Ellingsen
We had a wonderful turn out for our garden workbee on Saturday March 2nd and were able to hang the fence, build the raised beds, and fill them with well mixed topsoil, compost and manures.
The Cortes Is. School students have been planning their garden-to-hot-lunch sustainability garden for the past two years and we are now able to implement the program. Our new garden-to-hot-lunch sustainability garden will grow produce for the weekly hot lunch program and will be cultivated and cared for by the intermediate and senior classes. They will start planting fruit and berries this week and will be starting vegetable seeds next.
The students will be responsible for the garden’s continued care in weekly sustainability sessions which we started this month. The intermediate and senior classes will be planning their garden layout and rotation; building and amending the soil; building healthy compost; propagating, sowing and planting vegetables and fruit; caring for and harvesting seasonal produce; and using their produce in the hot lunch program. Each class session will be mentored by a garden facilitator, a parent volunteer, and their teacher.
Thank you again to all those who came and worked with us on Saturday for our garden building workbee. And thank you to all those who have been involved thus far and who have donated supplies, including Coastal Community Credit Union for grant funding to build the garden infrastructure this spring. Special thank yous to outstanding community members for donations: Jim Hansen for topsoil and gravel, Reo McCoy for fill, Bruce Ellingsen for machine time and lumber, Ron Wolda for lumber, Whaletown Garden Centre for dry amendments, Joy Shipway for sheep manure, and Siri Ellingsen for horse manure and hay mulch.

Laura Ellingsen, PAC president 250-935-6559