Norquay Garden Fall 2015

A belated thank you to the parent and teacher volunteers who helped water the garden over the dry summer months. With such a scorcher, we appreciated all the help we could get! We were also lucky to have the help of a SPEC (Society Promoting Environmental Conservation) volunteer intern who watered and planed more seeds.

Even though it’s fall and the growing season is over, we are busy in the garden preparing both the grounds and our minds:

  • SPEC garden workshops with Nikoo ongoing.  8 classes participating in Seed Saving Workshops, Winter Prep, Garlic Planting and Composting Workshops.  More workshops to come in early Spring to allow other classes to participate since there was high demand and not enough spots available this Fall.
  • SPEC provided us with their Food Garden Lesson Book and accompanying posters with 9 different food garden lessons.  The book and posters are in the library for all staff to reference.
  • SPEC is a BC Hydro Community Champions Finalist and needs your vote!  You can vote for them once a day until Nov 30 at
  • VSB Grounds approval received for 6 more raised planter boxes (we asked for 10 but maximum 6 boxes allowed per proposal).  Our Thurs Nov 5 building date with Russ Evans from Tupper Secondary and his grade 12 crew and Ms H Paris/Hughes grade 6 class was amazing.  building planters 2015
  • We will therefore need to purchase the cedar wood for the 6 planter boxes (cost approximately $1,800).
  • Soil was ordered from VSB Grounds (cost approx $250 to $300) and needed to be transferred to the boxes.  her – bring your wheelbarrows, shovels and buckets!
  • VSB Grounds approval also received for 3-bin compost.  Parent Jimmy Yang is volunteering to build the box at his warehouse, date TBD depending on his schedule and the delivery of cedar wood (rough estimate for cost of wood: $600).