Jack River School Traditional Food Garden

Our community wants a traditional food garden in our school. The basic objective of the Jack River School Traditional food Garden is to alleviate food insecurity in our community. The produce from the garden would be used to supplement the school lunch program. The garden will be used as an outdoor classroom where gardening would be taught as a life skill to the students and community members.

The community members and school administration, in consultation with the regional gardening coordinator, Mr. Chuck Stensgard, have decided on a site that would be appropriate for gardening. It receives ample sunshine and is devoid of any obstacles (tall trees or buildings that can block sunlight). The topography of the soil is also suitable for gardening purpose. Although we propose to begin working on a smaller area initially, we plan to expand later and use the area to the south east of this proposed plot for expansion. The community is interested in the commercial sale of raspberry and strawberry produced from our garden. Hence, we plan to devote a large patch of land for strawberry and raspberry cultivation.

The community members and school administration, in consultation with the regional gardening coordinator, Mr. Chuck Stensgard, have also decided on what we should grow in the garden. We intend to plant such species, that can withstand the cold temperatures and grow well on northern soils. We also tried to find the preferences of students. They want to grow not just vegetables, but also fruits, herbs and flowers in our garden.

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