Arthur Hatton Garden Project Wins $15,000

Posted On Wednesday November 07, 2018
At the Market
The learning continues on Saturday at the Kamloops Farmer's Market.

Arthur Hatton will be growing its garden project for good.

The North Shore elementary school, located in the heart of one of Kamloops’ most economically challenged neighborhoods, was the winning Canadian entry in Nature’s Path’s Gardens for Good contest.

The $15,000 grant will be used to build eight additional raised garden beds and for an irrigation system.

Paul Denby, a grade 5/6 teacher and coordinator of the garden project envisioned offering garden space to a few of the families from the school who would benefit from having a space to grow their own food.  

Nature’s Fare liked the concept too. Besides earning the most votes, the Arthur Hatton Garden won because it shared the organic food company’s vision of providing fresh organic food for those who  otherwise might not have access to it.

Denby’s students have been growing produce outdoors in four raised beds as well as microgreens in the classroom. “Teaching the children about gardening allows them to pass along their skills from school to their parents and have a hand in providing their families with fresh, nutritious produce.”

The students have a hand in growing tomatoes, cabbage, kale, peppers and tomatillos in the raised gardens just steps outside their classroom door. Inside the classroom trays of micro greens flourish in grow-light racks. Depending on the season and what is ready, the students take their harvest to the Kamloops Farmer’s Market. The learning continues on Saturdays as they make change and describe the produce for sale.

Nature’s Path chose three winning projects from 150 North American entries, two in the USA and one in Canada. When Denby found out about the grant, he enlisted the help of vice-principal Roy Styles to help spread the word. Between the two of them, the posts to social media and steady flow of emails encouraging people to get out and vote for the project won the day.








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