D. R. Hamilton School Special Garden
Our school already has a small scale organic school gardening program going on right now. But until now, we have been practicing gardening in small size (8X12) gardening boxes, and focusing more on the educational component than on the actual production of fresh fruits and vegetables. However, considering the enthusiasm shown by our students and community members, we now plan to expand the current school gardening program with the objective of supporting the school lunch program and teaching life skills to the youth. The following are the things we hope to do:
- We intend to promote gardening not only for our regular students, but also for children with level two and level three special needs. Involving people with special needs in gardening activities allows them to channelize their energies and creativity into something positive and tangible.
- We will be engaging students, teachers, parents and community members in this project and will take this project forward with the support of the principal and the Frontier school division. The proposed project seeks to empower the youth with culturally-appropriate and economically viable skills to create sustainable livelihood opportunities for them.
- We want to start an organic garden and grow different kinds of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers in our school garden. We will allot the land near the staff houses (which gets ample sunshine and is closer to water sources) for gardening.
- We will allot the land at the far north end of the garden to composting and encourage staff and students to donate all food wastes for composting in our garden.
- We want to have a garden based nutrition curriculum in our school for grades three to seven.
- We will hire a person to coordinate the gardening activities, since no teacher in our school is experienced in gardening.
- The principal will be involved in garden monitoring and evaluation of goals and objectives.
- We will invite the regional gardening coordinator, Mr. Chuck Stensgard to come and train our students, community members and teachers, including the garden coordinator.
- We want to use this locally produced food for the school lunch program, distribution among community participants and for a feast and cook traditional cuisine for the occasion.