Garden! What garden? I don’t see a garden…
The Roberts Creek Community Teaching and Demonstration Garden will be an educational hub where organic food will be grown, small-scale growing practices will be demonstrated, and hands-on educational opportunities will be provided for both the school and broader community. Novice gardeners and children will have the opportunity to work and learn alongside more experienced people. The community at large and the school community will be partners in the visioning and design of the garden components and will be actively engaged in its construction and maintenance.
Location: The garden space is located on a level site, approximately 1/6 acre in size, adjacent to Roberts Creek Community Elementary School playground on School District (SD) 46 property. Members of the community and students of RC Elementary School will transform the property from an empty lot dominated by invasive species, into a vibrant community gathering space for teaching and demonstrating a variety of gardening activities.
The Need: In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in organic, home grown food. There is awareness that as a ferry dependent community, we have a particular need to ensure a degree of local food sovereignty and independence. A number of different groups on the Sunshine Coast focus on food security and food sustainability issues.
Partnerships: The garden will be a mutually beneficial partnership between the school and the broader community. The Roberts Creek Community School will oversee the project situated on SD 46 property and will administer seed funding that was set aside in SCRD Roberts Creek Grant in Aid budget.