École St. Catherine's Elementary School

Garden Committee



Main vegetable garden is the long plot all along Edgewood Avenue where most of the food is grown

Native Pollinator garden by the corner of the playground (fenced in to protect the plants from being trampled)

Small perennial bed by the school front door on Connolly Street

We are very open to creating new garden areas, so please let us know if you have ideas of where things may grow.

You will notice a pile of mulch at the back corner of the playground, this is donated to us and we use it to attempt to level out the soccer field area.


Ecole St Catherine’s School Garden activity by the month – 2019/20

September 16th to 30th - classes visit the garden with 2 to 4 volunteers (classroom discussion, activities often support the garden visits) - volunteer sign up sheets to be posted on Thurs Sept 12th

    2 volunteers are required for each of our 21 classes, no experience required but you must have both criminal record and child abuse registry checks with the school
    fresh vegetables are enjoyed by students during their garden visit
    vegetables that cannot be eaten straight out of the garden are harvested, processed and/or frozen and be used in our school kitchen (i.e. potatoes)
    zucchini is grated and frozen by grade 4 students (this frozen zucchini will be used by volunteers to bake 450 zucchini biscuits to go with our harvest lunch)

October 3rd and 4th

    on October 3rd the grade 5 students lead the food preparation: they harvest remaining vegetables and wash, chop and prepare a vegetable sauce – the sauce is ready to go by the end of the day
    harvest lunch is shared with the entire school on October 4th – this event is run by volunteers
    volunteers help with prep on Monday and prep, serving, clean up on Tuesday, we use www.volunteersignup.org to organize volunteers
    the vegetable sauce is served on top of penne noodles at lunch time (we have gluten free options for everyone and cheese is only added at the table, the meal is vegetarian)
    there are 2 or 3 sittings in the gym where everyone sits together with their lunch room to enjoy the food
    approximately 60 volunteers help make this happen either at school or on their own time baking biscuits

October date TBD - Garden clean-up day happens from 12 to 2pm.

    Volunteers share a potluck lunch
    Work completed at this clean-up day includes:
        emptying water barrels, disconnecting hoses, taking down structures weeding garden, managing compost, cleaning up garbage, removing wooden boards and laying down landscape fabric and putting all tools inside school for winter, spreading mulch on the soccer field & more). Everyone is welcome!

November/December – garden and committee rests


    there is interest in growing salad greens and herbs inside over the winter – PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP MAKE THIS HAPPEN

February & March

    committee meets and makes plan for garden
    seeds are selected and purchase or donation is organized by a volunteer
    some seeds planted & started under lights by grade 4, 5 and 6 classes, volunteers lead these classes in the planting


    a volunteer creates the schedule for garden visits on www.volunteersignup.org and people sign up for 1 hour volunteer slots
    more seeds planted inside and placed under lights by grade 4, 5 and 6 classes, led by volunteers


    Garden clean-up day is usually just after or just before Victoria Day depending on the date of the school musical – we prepare the garden (build structures, add compost, repairs) for planting – on a Sunday between 12 and 2pm with a potluck lunch


    class visits and planting completed during the first 3 weeks of June in 1 hour visits to the garden (9:15am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm) with 2 to 4 volunteers per class
    regular watering and weeding begins
    summer gardening night is selected (usually Wednesdays from 6 to 7pm) and 8 volunteers sign up to “host” one summer visit night using www.volunteersignup.org sign-up sheet

July & August

    once per week (as people have committed to on the sign up sheet) volunteers visit the garden to water, weed and maintain over the summer months, rhubarb, beans, peas and cucumbers are harvested, shared and/or processed – we often have only 1 or 2 people there in the summer and more people would make the work much easier!
    Reminders are sent out by email and on our facebook group



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For more information, please contact Jen Berry at escsgarden@gmail.com