Spring School Gardening

Had an active and full week gardening with the Britannia Secondary School students. Now that the weather has improved, we will be out in the garden every three weeks or so, more often with some classes. This week we built 3 new garden boxes to expand the garden area in the 8J9J garden and moved soil, moved some compost bins and dug some holes to build our new honey bee enclosure, and finally, planted peas and potatoes with the grade 3s.  I have to admit, My favorite class is the grade 3s. They are really smart and super keen to be in the garden. I asked them why bees are important and one student blurted out for pollination. I mean, that is a pretty big word for a grade 3. Then I asked them what type of bees produce honey. Two other students said honey bees and bumble bees…correct, and again rather impressive for grade 3. They were also pretty good at identifying plants.

Wild Salmon Caravan Video 2017

Check out the new Wild Salmon Caravan 2017 video

Last year’s Caravan started with a Mardi Gras style parade with drumming, regalia, costumes, floats, signs, banners and more, which all express in celebration our love for and deep concern to protect Wild Salmon. Led by the Salish Matriarchs, the parade started at the Native Friendship Centre and walked up Commercial Drive to Trout lake where a salmon ceremony was held at the lake then followed by an amazing salmon feast, speakers, and performances. The GWFC is honored to help organize this event, recognizing that salmon are a critical food justice issue, in particular, for its importance to Indigenous people and a whole host of other species that depend on salmon for their survival.