Hydroponics at Auburn High School
Our vision for Canada is for students to use the skills they learn in the classroom towards improving the social, economic, and cultural sustainability of our nation!
Our team attended LSF’s Youth Leadership Forum in Halifax in November. From the speakers and workshops, we learned about sustainability topics and skills such as proper waste disposal, ocean pollution, sustainability, and how to create a plan of action for a project. Learning about these things made us interested in pursuing Action Projects about the issues of economic inequality and poverty. It is important to us to work to address these issues because we want to show how connected they are to the sustainability of our world and, in particular, food security. To fix these issues, some actions we could take are undertaking a statistical study in our AP statistics class. But first we’ll need to talk to our teacher and the government in order to acquire a grant to perform the study. We’ll also have to learn more about the number of people suffering from poverty within our community and Nova Scotia. We hope that by the end of the school year, we will be able to educate the public more thoroughly on the topic of poverty and begin to implement a program to help those in need through ideas such as a good drive, community garden, or other such means.
During the year we decided to grow a garden indoors using hydroponics! Our team has grown food outdoors in the past but over the summer it has proved problematic caring for the garden as the school is not in operation. Our indoor equipment can be cleaned and put away for the summer, is not dependent on the weather and the equipment can be reused in future years. The produce could be used in our breakfast program, offered twice a week to the student body free of charge. Volume in our first trial is low, but we got salad out of it! We have linked with the Green Team to continue the project for the coming school year.
Reflection & Celebration
We passed our produce on to our school’s Breakfast Program, and the plants capable of it are being transported to a student’s garden for the summer.