Rosary Butterfly Compost Garden
Jack Layton Award | Runner-Up
Their goal was to increase opportunities for outdoor learning while reducing waste, so they planned to create a garden which would attract butterflies, compost waste and incorporate their faith – the “Rosary Butterfly Compost Garden”.
After attending one of Learning for a Sustainable Future’s EcoLeague Youth forums, grade seven/eight students from St. Joseph’s Catholic School decided that they wanted to reduce their ecological footprint. Students truly led the project by growing plants from seed, rotating soil, digging the area for the garden, walking the stepping stones to the garden, problem solving when they encountered hidden concrete pilings, and canvassing their family and community members for gardening knowledge, tools and advice. They also developed leadership skills by teaching grade two students how to compost, care for plants and create a garden border out of rocks.