The grade 8 graduating class at Silverspring School in Saskatoon donated a gardentower as a farewell gift to the school! Pictured left is their teacher Mathew Fiedelleck with the garden tower during grad prep this year. (June, 2016)
J H Moore Elementary School in Lashburn, Saskatchewan now has two gardentower units for their salad bar program. The towers have been set up in the kindergarten class room! J H Moore was also featured in the June 2016 edition of Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (See pg 12,13). Pictured right is Susan Plant, the principal of the school. We are looking forward to working with the various classes next year. (June, 2016)
The Challenge Greenhouse Program allows community members in Whitehorse, Yukon to learn new skills and foster interest in growing their own food organically. We have supplied the program with two gardentower units with the help of the Environmental Grant provided by the City of Whitehorse. You can click here to see the Challenge Greenhouse Program Blog and to read more about their organic gardening experiences. (Dec, 2016)
The Regina Food Bank's Urban Agriculture Project, in partnership with Mosaic, placed 6 garden towers in schools in Regina. The Four Season Urban Agriculture Project has only just begun; they are currently building on partnerships to create various opportunities for volunteers, schools, individuals, community and corporate groups in the community. (Sept. 2017)
Thanks to the Nutrition North Funding, Earth Connections has distributed 230 Garden Towers to Stony Rapids, Black Lake, and Uranium City between September 2017 and the spring of 2020. At the outset of this project, The National Aboriginal Diabetes Association printed an article on Northern Gardens in their September 2017 newsletter. Click here to read the newsletter. An article was also published in the fall 2017 edition of NOSH, a newsletter published by the Food & Culinary network of Dietitians of Canada. In the spring of 2019, we provided Stony Rapids with 6 Raised Beds and 8 Cold Frames for use at their newly built Women and Children’s Crisis Centre. We also facilitated the creation of a therapy garden, which included a barrel oven rocket stove cob workshop at Stony Rapids School. This was capped off with a pizza party for students and teachers! Several articles were published about the Therapy Garden, including one in Eagle Feather News. Earth Connections ran a January 2020 Microgreen Workshop in Stony Rapids and another in Uranium City, providing the communities with microgreen growing kits. In February, we piloted a School Snack Program at Uranium City School. (This program was paused due to Covid-19, but will hopefully be re-started in the near future). Over the course of the spring of 2020 Stony Rapids, Black Lake, and Uranium City purchased over 110 individual-sized raised beds and cold frames along with over 170 seed packs for families in these communities, funded through Nutrition North.