Arthur Hatton Elementary will be expanding their community garden thanks to a $15,000 grant from Nature’s Path Organic.
The Kamloops school, located along the North Thompson River, was the only Canadian applicant to be awarded one of three Gardens for Good grants.
The grant program supports three community gardens each year, ones “who share our vision of providing fresh organic food for those who might not otherwise have access to it,” notes the Nature’s Path Organic website.
“We were pleasantly surprised,” says Deb Piggin, Arthur Hatton’s principal, of the win.
The money will go toward building more boxes in the garden (the school currently has four).
The idea is to donate the boxes to a family in need for each growing season.
The funding will also allow the school to expand its teachings around healthy eating habits and sustainability.
She notes when Grade 5/6 teacher Paul Denby found out about the grant, he liaised with vice-principal Roy Styles to help spread the word.
“They have been carrying on and emailing and hounding people to get online and vote,” Piggin says with a laugh.
Nature’s Path Organic received nearly 150 applicants this year.
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