Since last fall, our partnerships with schools have expanded and we are thrilled to welcome two new schools to the GUO family: the Akwesasne Alternative School and North Dundas District High School!
The garden at the Akwesasne Alternative School will feature two raised beds, as well as a central planting of the Three Sisters (corn, beans, and squash). Using traditional plants, and locally adapted seeds grown out on the island are just a few of the features that make this such an exciting project!
Students recently learned to make biodegradable seedling pots and planted squash, cucumber, zucchini, tomato, and white sage seeds in order to have plants ready to transplant in a few weeks.
|Seeds sown and ready to sprout at the Akwesasne Alternative School.|
|Jeanette and Isabelle of Homestead Organics show off the certified organic seed potatoes donated for the garden at the Akwesasne Alternative School.|
The North Dundas District High School garden site is actually inside an old glass greenhouse, which has remained unused as a teaching tool for several years. GUO is pleased to be able to help teachers meet curriculum expectations and help students engage with how their food is produced, and why food choices matter by offering our workshop series in the greenhouse.
|Students at NDDHS select tomato varieties, plant them and then group varieties together – they want to make sure folks who purchase tomatoes get the variety they think they're getting.|
Despite our long winter, it's proving to be a very promising spring. We're delighted to be out learning about food, science, health, and gardening with students!