All our hard work growing the Britannia Secondary School garden is all worth it when time comes to harvest the fruits of our labour and enjoy the best tasting salads ever.
After a cold spring and late start, the weather heated up quickly and with just, if barely enough rain, we managed to grow a pretty decent crop of food this spring. Harvested green onions, lettuce, kale, radish, carrots, peas, strawberries, raspberries, nasturtium and calendula flowers.
Eating locally grown food freshly picked is a profound experience as compared to our usual habit of buying the food at the store, much of it shipped from thousands of kilometers away. Growing and eating food locally allows us to have a rich discussion with the students about issues including our food system, health, equity, and global warming.
Was really great, when students were asked about what they learned from the garden this year, several talked about how the garden changed their perspective of the school and place, making them more aware of their surroundings and how they felt a sense of ownership and care over the gardens.