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Canada: ‘Roots to Harvest’ in Thunder Bay ready for first ‘urban training farm’


Roots to Harvest to create an urban training farm on the grounds of the Victoria Park training Centre (Facebook)

Community group teams with Lakehead Public schools to create educational farm in southside neighbourhood

CBC News
Feb 22, 2017

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“This project and partnership with Lakehead Public Schools will positively impact the surrounding neighbourhood and will provide countless opportunities for authentic discovery for students, employment for young people, and will be a great asset for the whole city,” she said.

Some of the features of the new educational farm will include:
demonstration and training plots
school gardens
urban farm fields
seed saving garden

perennial berries, wild flower garden and fruit trees
bee yard
rabbit hutch
Last summer, 11 students had the opportunity learn about agriculture through a collaborative Focus on Youth program.

And following the success of their “Farm to Caf” initiative to introduce more local foods in the high school cafeterias, the Get Fresh Café was launched at Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute, where Roots to Harvest staff work with cafeteria staff and local food producers to provide students with seasonal fresh food every day.

Read the complete article here.