With the first month of school already gone, students at Truro Elementary School have been hard at work in their classrooms and in their garden. On September 20th, their enthusiastic Green Team harvested their school garden. The school’s newly built garden was made possible thanks to a large grant from the Nutrients for Life Foundation. The team successfully grew potatoes, onions and chives! They used their fresh veggies to make some delicious cheesy smashed potatoes.
Green Schools Stories
A school garden not only helps students learn how to grow their own food but also teaches about our human responsibility within living systems, encourages participants to try new foods, and gets students outside.
Thanks to a grant from TD Friends of the Environment, Whycocomagh Education Centre added a new gravel floor in their school greenhouse and purchased shovels and trowels. Teacher Eryn Sinclair was a driving force behind the garden this year. She said,
Over the summer, you may be wondering, what does the team at Green Schools Nova Scotia do? Well, we are not bored! We are always making connections with our community and sharing information about energy efficiency and wasting less.
Last month, the Green Schools NS Engagement Officer Amber McMunn visited Springvale Elementary to discuss all of the ways the students can waste less. Lee Anne Weber’s Primary students and Stephanie Lynch’s Primary/One students excitedly shared their stories about their efforts to help the Earth by getting outside and growing vegetables in the Springvale school garden. Primary teacher Lee Anne Weber runs the garden with her students.
Valley Elementary School, located just outside of Truro, might be a small school, but they are mighty green! The school has been caring for the environment for a long time. The school joined the Green Schools Nova Scotia community in the fall of 2017 and have been full steam ahead with initiatives to waste less ever since. The student Green Team has been very busy this year and has been supported through it all by grade four teacher Ms Kimberly Aarts.