|EMSB BASE DAYCARE ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF SCHOOLYARD GARDEN PARTNERSHIP|
MONTREAL, MAY 14, 2013 – The BASE (Before And After School Enriched) Daycare Program of the English Montreal School Board has announced a new partnership with Concordia University’s City Farm School, which will see six Schoolyard Gardener interns working at Pierre de Coubertin, Edward Murphy and St. Monica Elementary Schools. Interns will be working in the school gardens from March until October, including garden maintenance during the summer months.
The interns will provide engaging and educational workshops and activities for students while working outside to build upon each of the already existing school gardens. Workshops topics will teach students about soil composition, plant nutrition, organic fertilization and pest management, healthy eating, pollination, starting seedlings indoors, and much more.
The progress at each school will be documented on the Growing Base blog (www.growbase.wordpress.com), with regular updates of pictures and stories from each of the gardens. The blog also provides resources for parents and teachers interested in learning more about school gardens and other green projects. The Schoolyard Garden Internships are an initiative of Concordia University’s City Farm School in partnership with the BASE Daycare Program of the English Montreal School Board. To learn more about either of these programs, please visit their respective websites:
Michael J. Cohen