As you may know, Father McGivney’s Gardening & Survival Club won a grant from the World Wildlife Federation to create a pollinator garden at our school. When Covid prevented us from gardening together, we needed an alternative and “Spread the Seeds” was created.
The “Spread the Seeds” project is an FMM initiative to distribute native plantsin the community – decolonizing the land one garden at a time. With the help of an Indigenous advisor (Joel Ringuette), and an ecologist (Cory Crawford), we created native plant seed kits. Hundreds of seed kits were distributed to our school family – students, teachers and staff. We also wanted to reach out to elders isolated because of the pandemic and sent out hundreds of kits to 6 different retirement and long term care homes. We’ve become close with gardeners at one retirement home and now have monthly virtual gardening club meetings with them.
Here’s the CBC’s report on our adventures! I hope this brings you joy, and thought you might like to share on the board website. I think our students are incredible.
Ms. Liza Zawadzka
FMM teacher & Gardening Club Moderator