Brochet School Traditional Food Garden
We want to start a traditional food garden in our school to teach traditional aboriginal food production techniques to our community members. For this particular project, we would be working under the guidance of Mr. Chuck Stensgard, the regional gardening coordinator, who is familiar with the soil and climatic conditions in our region. With nearly 40 years of gardening experience in the northern terrain, Mr. Stensgard would be immensely helpful in making this project successful.
We will also be working with elders from the community, who would be playing a mentorship role and training the youth, teaching them not just gardening skills, but other traditional food gathering and harvesting skills that are necessary for subsistence on the land, like hunting in the bush, ice fishing, chicken rearing, rabbit snaring, etc. This project will involve teachers, students and community members and act as an outdoor classroom for the entire community.
Considering the cold winds blowing throughout the growing period (Spring-winter-fall), our school needs gardening areas with cold frames, cover systems and low tunnel as well as high tunnel greenhouses to extend the growing season as well as to protect the crops against the cold temperatures. We plan to build raised beds in these greenhouses.
Our students and community members have decided what is to be grown in the gardens based on a list of plants species (that are suitable to grow in colder climates), provided to us by our regional gardening coordinator.
The fresh produce from our school garden would be distributed (free of cost) to single mothers, old and aged community members, households with children, and other households facing severe food insecurity.