Richmond Rose Public School Garden – 2012 Jack Layton Award Winner
Jack Layton Award | Winner
Local food for all!
The 38 student Richmond Rose Eco-Team built and sustained a large school vegetable garden for two years with the support of their fellow students, parents, administration and community. This project engaged students from Kindergarten to Grade 8, teachers, parents and community volunteers. This collaborative team built, seeded, watered, weeded and harvested the garden, which consisted of 6 raised garden beds, each 4 feet by 12 feet in size. The school held a planting day to seed the garden that involved over 150 students from all grades and classes. The garden was watered daily during the summer break thanks to the organized and collaborative efforts of eco-team members and their families. In the fall, over 150 students came together to harvest the vegetables which filled 10 bushels of potatoes, parsnips and carrots. The students donated 35 bags of potatoes to the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank and sold potatoes, parsnips with recipes and carrot juice to the community during a school event to raise money for compost fertilizer and seeds for next year.