Free drop-in family gardening workshops this summer



From July 10 to Aug. 9, the BASE Green Initiative is offering free, weekly summer drop-in gardening workshops at three Montreal-area elementary schools.

BASE Daycare Program

A new program of free gardening workshops aims to teach families how to take care of a garden as well as how to cook and prepare the fruits and vegetables you grow.

From July 10 to Aug. 9, the BASE Green Initiative is offering free, weekly summer drop-in gardening workshops at three Montreal-area elementary schools. The workshops are from 1-3 p.m., and are held at John Caboto School (8955 Rue Meunier) on Mondays, General Vanier (4555 Rule Buies) on Tuesdays, and Edward Murphy (6800 Pierre-de-Coubertin Ave) on Wednesdays. All are welcome to participate, whether or not you have a child at the school. Note that workshops will be cancelled in the event of rain. 

Workshops will be facilitated by Melina Trimarchi, who will explain how the garden grows and teach specific gardening techniques. Participants will get to bring some of the harvest home with them, and will be taught how to prepare healthy and simple food right in the garden. Kids will also get to create art from objects found in the garden.

The gardens hosting the workshop are among 15 school plots managed by the Before and After School Enriched Daycare (BASE) program, which provides daycare services at 30 EMSB elementary schools. According to BASE Daycare Project Development Officer Jennifer De Freitas, about half the schools served by the daycare have a school garden, and two to three new gardens are added every year. Children in the daycare plan, plant and maintain the gardens with the help of animators. They also learn about composting, cooking, plants and insects, and the environment.

For more information on the summer workshops or the BASE school gardening program, email mtrimarchi@emsb.qc.ca

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