Added by on 2017-08-18

The Learning Garden is single component of the Holistic & Healthy Programs offered by CAHRD that provide an innovative way to support Aboriginal students in making wise choices in health, wellness, and life style. The Learning Garden includes a working 1200 square foot indoor garden space that will have seven science-based exhibits on “How to Grow Food” in a sustainable manner, consistent with teachings of Aboriginal people. Design of the seven working exhibits is a collaborative effort between Neeginan College of Applied Technology and the University of Manitoba. Tours and workshops of The Learning Garden and its exhibits will be offered to students in schools of Winnipeg. These tours and workshops will be provided free of charge to schools from the inner city of Winnipeg. The Learning Garden also includes the outdoor Urban Gardens (vertical and self-irrigated spaces), Sacred Seed Bank, Farmers Market, and Three Sisters Garden. The Learning Garden is designed to facilitate informal and formal learning for all ages, including daycare children. Students of CAHRD’s Aboriginal Community Campus maintain The Learning Garden under supervision of a horticulturist. These students are known as the “Keepers of the Garden”. The Learning Garden will: • Rebuild traditional knowledge through planting and harvesting of traditional foods; • Promote gardening as a family activity to strengthen family bonds; • Increase traditional values, life skills, and social skills through intergenerational gardening; • Foster a positive self-image through intergenerational gardening; and • Provide several forms of engagement for participants, including designing, planting, and maintaining gardens; harvesting, preparing and sharing food; working cooperatively in groups; learning about science and nutrition; and creating art and stories inspired by gardens. Today we learned about a few plants the native Americans would use as food and for other products and one was called the Sotol plant. Also known as […]

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