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Aldergrove high school garden yields a ‘bumper crop’

Aldergrove Secondary school’s garden has been a rewarding exercise in sustainable living for the participants. - HARRY HUNT PHOTO
Aldergrove Secondary school’s garden has been a rewarding exercise in sustainable living for the participants.
— image credit: HARRY HUNT PHOTO

A sustainable resources class at Aldergrove Secondary school is blossoming into a bumper crop.

The course, taught by Dan Renaud, covers topics such as agriculture, mining, energy, fisheries and forestry.

However, Renaud says, "The course emphasizes that we must use these resources in a sustainable manner."

Throughout the past year, in a joint effort by the class, principal Gordon Stewart, Langley Environmental Partners Society, Fraser Valley Health and Kwantlen College, a "farm to schools" program was started.

This program teaches students how to grow vegetables and fruit, harvest them, and use them in the school cafeteria as a healthy alternative to all the "junk food" options that surround students and society in general.

"We want all our students to realize the importance of healthy daily eating," said Renaud.

Throughout the summer, the school's sustainable garden was maintained by the students, under the supervision of Erin Van de Water of LEPS. Kwantlen instructor Gary Jones was also very helpful and encouraging of the effort.

In addition, David Catzel of Aldergrove's Glorious Organics farm, volunteered many hours to assist LEPS and the students during the summer recess. Catzel was also a guest speaker several times during the school year in the sustainable resource classroom.

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