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Vedder Eco-Cubs – What’s for lunch?
Our Grade 2/3 class started the year exploring “our place”- our school grounds - to learn as much as we could about the local biodiversity. We soon found a special place where learning has become a year-long adventure. It is our school community gardens.
In the fall, we were able to harvest some leftover fruit and vegetables, then through tasting and cooking, appreciated what we had. The tomatoes, basil and garlic were used to make pizza. Strawberries and rhubarb became part of a yummy crisp and blueberries melted in our mouths when made into pancakes. Even the cucumbers, dill and garlic were experienced as crunchy dill pickles. A trip to a local organic farm, Local Harvest, further opened our minds to possibilities of what we could do growing our own food. We also learned about composting from Farmer Dan and decided to start a composting program in our school. We formed a green team, the Vedder Eco-cubs, and starting collecting buckets of compost from classrooms and our lunch program twice a week, which we add to our school's composter. This will provide nutrients for our shared school community gardens for the future.
As we tasted and experienced local food, we also started collecting seeds for our seed bank, seeds that we can plant in the spring. We learned more about how pollination happens and will be visiting the Honeybee Centre in March to see bees in action. We want to select plants to grow that will
complement each other and will include First Nations plant too. We have learned about the Three Sisters during our Socials studies and will try growing our own beans, corn and squash.
Our harvesting, visualizing, tasting, and experimenting local fruits and veggies has now prepared us to plant our own gardens in the spring. With the support of our PAC garden mentor Marla, we will harvest our winter garlic, then start fresh with our version of a “pizza” garden that will include basil, oregano, onions, kale, peppers, and of course, tomatoes. We will be testing the tomatoes as part of our Tomatosphere experiment (tomato seeds from NASA). We will have another bed with potatoes and “the three sisters”. Plants to attract pollinators, such as stonecrop, asters and lavender will be planted as well. We hope to add some more blueberries and raspberries to the community garden and may even try transplanting our lemons and avocadoes grown in pots inside. It has been a year of inquiry as we continue our "foodie" adventure. The possibilities are endless. Just plant a seed and see what grows....