Teaching gardening skills to schoolchildren

Categories: Events
Published on: May 19, 2017

Transition Brockville / 17 May 2017

A local nurserywoman’s dedication to teaching schoolchildren how to make gardens and grow food and flowers will be featured at the next Transition Brockville presentation on Sunday, May 28, 2 p.m., at the Brockville Public Library.

In addition, Transition Brockville will officially launch its collection of books on sustainability, now housed in the public library.

Donna White, co-owner of Green Things nursery on County Road 2, just east of Brockville, has been running her school program, Green Heart, for the past nine years, teaching children of all ages at St. Mary High School in Brockville, St. Mark elementary and South Grenville District High School in Prescott, and a Gananoque school.

Sometimes the project is a vegetable garden, a kitchen garden, or an edible flowers garden; other times kids plant trees, shrubs and perennials. Supplies from the nursery are donated by the schools, and White volunteers her time, for example, coming one week to teach seed starting, another to teach how to transplant what the kids have grown.

What motivates her is a passionate desire to show kids where healthy food really comes from, so they can be inspired to grow their own food. She deplores modern industrial agriculture and its highly processed and packaged foods that are too common a part of a family’s diet. If children can learn to grow good food and turn to healthy food choices, she thinks many of today’s health problems – such as overweight and diabetes – can be solved.

White’s gardening ideas are inventive, creative and fun. Anyone wanting to share a love of gardening with children or grandchildren will find inspiration at this presentation.

The Sustainability Collection of books on climate change, sustainable living and community resilience is now available at the Brockville Public Library and can be borrowed with a BPL library card. Transition Brockville appreciates the efforts of Brandy Smith, community outreach coordinator, and Linda Chadwick, CEO, in accommodating this collection and making it available to a wider reading public.

Sunday’s presentation is free and open to the public; a free will donation to Transition Brockville, however, is always welcome. Refreshments are served.