Thursday, November 29th, on Pender and Salt Spring Islands
(FREE; Transportation & brunch provided; Teachers, please consider using your consultation time or Pro-D funds.)
Join us for a school gardens gathering for all teachers, staff, plus parents and community volunteers involved in these projects in the Gulf Islands. It’s an opportunity for us to share and learn from one another.
Goals for the gathering are to:
- share our school garden experiences with one another (and tour several)
- learn about regional trends & examples from Farm to School BC
- gather ideas for the Gulf Islands School Garden Activity Guide
- make plans for March 1, 2019 workshop about Garden-based Learning, as part of the District-wide Pro-D Day
Participants can take the early morning ferry from their respective islands to arrive in Otter Bay, Pender Island by 7:30 am, where we’ll be shuttled over to the Slow Coast Cafe (Pender folks meet there at 7:30 am). We’ll introduce the day, ourselves, and the garden projects we’re each involved with, why enjoying cafe treats.
Then, we’ll take a tour of the Pender School Garden with Julie Johnston. Following the tour, we’ll work on the Gulf Islands School Garden Activity Guide in small groups.
At 12:10, we’ll ferry over to Salt Spring Island, arriving at 12:50 and eat lunch on the boat (bring your own or buy it on the ferry).
Then, we’ll shuttle over to Ganges for a presentation by Aaren Topley, Farm to School BC, followed by a tour of the Salt Spring Elementary School Gardens, and if time allows, the Phoenix School Garden.
A survey will be passed around to get input and suggestions for the March 1, 2019 District-wide garden-based learning workshop.
A ferry at 3:35 pm will take people back to Galiano, Mayne, and Pender, with another shuttle boat available on Pender for Saturna Island participants.
Looking forward to seeing you there! ~ the organizing team (Robin Jenkinson, Julie Johnston, Toby Carson, Katharine Byers, Shelly Johnson, and Jenny Redpath)
story and photo: Robin Jenkinson