48 Garden TowersThis fall we began setting up 48 gardentower units at the Regina Food Bank. Each unit is equipped with growing lights and the aquajet irrigation system so that they can grow efficiently indoors all year round. Hope hope to post finished installation photos in the very near future! (Coming Soon)
2 Garden TowersJ 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)
2 Garden TowersThe 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 Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in association with Canadian Feed the children has 2 Garden towers, 1 for the daycare program and one for the school. In January and February 2018, Earth Connections facilitated a 5 day Gardening and Greenhouse course for members of Beardy’s & Okemasis, Ahtahkakoop, and Muskeg Lake Cree Nations, funded through Canadian Feed The Children. Each community received a Cold Frame for community growing. Muskeg Lake Cree Nation went on to establish a 3 acre food forest. (Add Link to video featuring the food forest, posted to EC Facebook page October 2018). Earth Connections was honoured to be invited by Willow Creek Health Services to facilitate two, one-day gardening workshops to assist with their Community Garden Project in May of 2018. Ahtahkakoop School added 9 Garden Towers to their Library Resource Centre in the fall of 2019.
Earth Connections has provided towers to many senior centres and care homes for gardening purposes, as well as for horticultural therapy. Notable examples of these communities making use of the garden tower include Sage Resources and Sherbrook Community Centre in Saskatoon, SK and Trinity Village in Ontario.
6 Garden TowersThe 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)
Earth Connections Garden Centre has the pleasure of working constantly with new community partners across the country. Outlined below are some of our more recent partnerships with schools, food banks and community projects across Saskatchewan, Alberta and Yukon.
2 Garden TowersSt Anne’s Elementary School in Saskatoon now has 2 Garden Towers and seedling stations for their “Gardening Club”. (2017)
79 Garden Towers, Earth Connections Garden Centre has partnered with the Ottawa Network For Education to bring the Garden Tower into classrooms in and around Ottawa. So far there are 10 schools participating, with Garden Towers and seedling stations for their classrooms. There have been 15 towers distributed to date! (2017) 40 Schools