A big thank you Evergreen Foundation and Seeds of Change for their ongoing funding of our Britannia School/community garden program. Funds were used to extend our garden programming through this past fall, primarily to youth at the Britannia School Garden. This included 25 garden classes working with approximately 100 youth as well as 2 community seed saving workshops with a total of 23 participants.
These garden classes in particular, are providing valuable extracurricular education to youth on a whole range of food growing topics such as composting, soil health, winter gardening, seed saving, and native plants and cultural uses, which are helping to build stronger connections to the land and food sources. Youth are eager to be outside and keen to learn about food growing and ecology. Funds also allowed us to increase our physical capacity allowing us to purchase more garden tools as well as wood and soil to increase the number of garden beds in our 22,000 sq ft garden area. The building of 3 new raised boxes provided several students new construction skills, an important part of maintaining and developing gardens. We were also able to create two beautiful new bee education signs for both our mason bee homes and our honey bee hives.