Planting the seeds of collaboration

Staff writer
January 17, 2014 01:00 AM

An exciting school-community collaborative garden project is being proposed in Roberts Creek.

The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) and School District No. 46 (SD46) have been in discussions about a small piece of land adjacent to the playground at Roberts Creek Elementary School as the possible site for a joint school/community teaching and demonstration garden.

A community driven proposal has been put forward to SD46 to use the land for teaching and demonstrating many aspects of growing food. The proposal outlines ways in which this could be of benefit to both the school and the wider community.

The One Straw Society, Roberts Creek Community Association, Roberts Creek Community School, elementary school staff, parent advisory committee and other community groups and volunteers have indicated interest in the possibility of a project of this nature. Staff from the SCRD and SD46 are discussing details of what might be required in a formal agreement between the two organizations to make this collaboration happen.

To get the wider community, children, teachers and parents talking and brainstorming about what is possible on this land, a special event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. in the school library.

Guest speaker Dr. Leta Burchailo from Powell River will share her experience as a coordinator of the DIGS garden project at James Thomson Elementary School, also a collaborative effort between the school and the community.

Burchailo is a family physician with a special interest in child and adolescent health, outdoor health promotion and community development. She will be sharing the DIGS project's visioning process, collaboration model and current operational status. Her talk will be of interest not just for Roberts Creek folks, but also other groups up and down the Coast interested in bringing school and community together for mutual benefit. This is a free event and everyone is welcome.

For information contact the Roberts Creek Community School at 604-885-3481.

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