Spring means it's time for 'Young Growers'
by Sandy Lindsay

April 18, 2017


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'Young Growers'
Students of G. C. Huston Public School and SDSS

Mike and Eleanor Mowbray of Mowbray's Canadian Tire
presented a donation of $2,100 for new grow lights to teacher Keith Day (far L) & student Ashley Caume (R

Ladybug, ladybug ... fly away home!

A sure sign of Spring is the start-up of the 'Young Growers' program at Saugeen District Secondary School (SDSS) in Port Elgin.

The program is an initiative started by teacher Keith Day to bring young elementary school students from the area in to SDSS to learn about the science of plants.  From preparing the soil to planting seeds, it gives the students from grades 1-2 to 4-5, the opportunity to have a hands-on gardening experience, learn how insects promote healthy gardens and the value of plants to the planet.

SDSS Greenhouse students

The initiative is part of the the SDSS horticulture program that is more than 30 years old and that involves local businesses, the Town of Saugeen Shores, volunteers and individuals. 

Each year, SDSS students raise plants from seed for the Spring sale to the public.  They also prepare hanging baskets for the downtown cores of Southampton and Port Elgin and assist residents with containers gardens.

The program is completely self-sustaining with no government funding and, therefore, is dependent on the Spring sale of plants.  

On Tuesday, April 17th, students from Hepworth Central Public School had the chance to visit the greenhouse, plant seeds and free ladybugs as part of the plant maintenance program.

SDSS student Jacob (R) shows Hepworth student 'Koi'  how to carefully plant seeds

(L) Ally, Lily and Cameron of Hepworth school colour plant pictures

A beautiful 'garden fairy' ... 'Hunter'

Not everyone likes ladybugs!

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On the following day, Wednesday, April 18th, it ws the turn of students from G. C. Huston Public School in Southampton to become familiar with the program.

G. C. Huston school is adjacent to the Southampton Community Garden and the students have also planted a butterfly and bee garden.  The school is also currently in the process of acquiring funding for its own grow table.

SDSS student Jacob (R) shows G. C. Huston students how to prepare the soil ...

... for excellent results
(L) '
Laincy', 'Makayla', 'Erika' and 'Rider'

SDSS student 'Jordi' shows G.C. Huston student 'Trenton' how to feed a mealy worm to a Venus Flytrap plant ...

"We completely rely on our plant sale each year to maintain the program and the generosity of donors such as the Mowbray family of Canadian Tire," says Keith Day, "who have provided us with equipment and financial assistance." 

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