Groundswell Community Greenhouse and Gardens and Home Hardware celebrated with JA Laird students as they handed their first harvest over to Lawrie Mack for the food bank.

Their gardens at Mt Nelson are growing and their knowledge of producing food in the valley is growing too. Facilitators Jessie King and Laura MacKinnon took Grade 4/5 and 6/7 through summer maintenance procedures, as they prepare to take on the tasks of watering, weeding and fertilizing over the holidays.

The students celebrated with make-your-own salads; absorbing good nutrition and nutritional info simultaneously. They will be back in September to learn important skills such as seed saving, overwintering and extending the growing season.

Groundswell is always looking for volunteers to help with the school programs and other events. Interested? Please email: [email protected].