The Dakota Collegiate Institute (DCI) Community Garden is vying for a grant that will help it continue to flourish and needs your help! As a finalist in the Scotts Canada Limited Gro for Good Grant Competition, the dedicated team that tends to the garden is currently competing for a grant of $2,500. The grant will be award to the video with the most likes, shares and comments on GroMoreGood Canada’s Facebook and Instagram page from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4. Click here to show your support.
The DCI Community Garden was launched in 2018 and features an outdoor classroom, an accessible walkway, a budding orchard, a bountiful harvest and more. The garden is often the backdrop for important lessons on land-based learning and Indigenous education. It is maintained by a passionate group of student and staff volunteers.
“As a volunteer in the garden for two summers, I learned how to water sustainably and gained a lot of knowledge about planting,” said Yuzi Xiao, student at DCI. “I want to protect this green space, so that when people pass by, they will stop and admire our garden.”
To kick off the 2021 growing season, Patricia Sayies’ and Rayleen Dutka’s classrooms began by mulching the trees, amending and turning the soil.
“Eating is an environmental act,” said Rayleen Dutka, Foods and Nutrition Teacher at DCI. “To develop an environmental consciousness, it is essential that students understand the time, effort and resources required to bring food from the farm to their table.”
PICTURED: DCI students Yuzi, Jiayi and Linda who volunteered their time to water and weed the garden beds and trees twice a week throughout the summer.