I’m sure you know that Healthyway aims to source as local as possible, but what you may not know is that they are also actively supportive of Community Gardens in Campbell River. In particular, they’ve recently made a contribution to the Edible Courtyard. For those of you who voted for this, here’s a bit more about the Edible Courtyard Project.
Edible Schoolyards are a type of Community Garden. They can be built and used to meet learning standards. They have the capacity to increase success for all learners, enhance community connections, and inspire environmental ethic. Therefore Edible Schoolyards can be used to support the current Campbell River School District Strategic Plan. They can also be used to engage special needs students and students from all backgrounds. They can provide horticultural therapy and can be used as a tool for school councillors. Ultimately Edible Schoolyards connect students to their food and inspire healthy living and eating habits.
The ‘Edible Courtyard’, is an Edible Schoolyard that functions as an outdoor classroom to provide hands-on education throughout the curricula and inspire environmental stewardship, while providing the school with a source of local organic produce. The garden will be located in the courtyard of Timberline Secondary and North Island College, with both schools benefiting from the project.
- To create and maintain a space that students and faculty can be proud of.
- To promote sustainability and to educate students on ways to be self-reliant.
- To provide students with the opportunity to grow and eat fresh produce while promoting a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits.
- To provide a green space for mental, physical, and emotional health.
- To provide a source of wholesome organic ingredients for the culinary arts programs/cafeteria.
- To promote environmental stewardship through hands on experience.
- To make this an on-going project, continuing to inspire year after year!
From Edible Schoolyards, healthy life skills become a by product. They have strong potential for providing the city with a new generation of environmental stewards and a green outlook for the future.
Thanks to Healthyway and it’s customers for their active support of Community Gardens, and their leadership in the ‘Green’ movement. Keep up the good work!