EDUCATION & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
INSIDE GREEN- EDUCATIONAL PILOT PROJECT (4 months)
Along with INSIDE GREEN creator, Sue Biely, I co-wrote and taught, a four module curriculum package for elementary school kids focused on plant knowledge, plant connections, care, propagation, stewardship and legacy. (see video below)
SHARED GROWING HUB: URBAN AGRICULTURAL INITIATIVE
Urban Agriculture and Organic land care Learning: We learn from the people we connect with. Community garden’s encourage interaction, and with interaction comes shared learning about caring for our gardens. Additional website access and print collateral outlining easy organic land care techniques to maintain a healthy gardens. Regular workshops offered in the areas of food growing, organic land care, soil building, ecological landscape design and crop preserving.
Work and harvest socials: It is way more fun and social to work with others. Annual work and harvest parties will be established to build, nurture and harvest the shared growing area of the garden. These socials not only get the work done, but they create connections with neighbours and increased community knowledge regarding proper planting maintenance and harvesting techniques.
Soil building: There will be a credit system set up for people who bring leaves from street trees and their own properties (pesticide free gardens only), in exchange for mulch and compost credits. We know its not always feesible for individuals to make their own compost and mulch. Their will be an onsite wheelbarrow as well as leaf shredder for sign out.
Garden Plots : Raised garden beds on a signup basis to offer food growing opportunities for those neighbours without access. These plots also function as way to give a sense of ownership and pride to those gardeners that otherwise would not have an opportunity.