Mamquam Edible Schoolyard Project
The Mamquam Edible Schoolyard Project (MESY)
In 2015 we built the first of three phases for our Mamquam Edible School Yard Project (MESY). This includes 30 raised beds, a garden shed, vertical garden, water taps, friendship benches, pollinator hotel, pollinator garden and a “Bee to Seed” pollination and seed saving/sale program.
Each classroom and local daycares look after a garden plot. The students garden with our head volunteer gardener once or twice a week during the growing season. They learn how to prepare the soil, seed, weed, transplant, mulch, water, harvest, and eat and preserve the bounty. They take an active role in deciding what, where, and when they want to plant certain plants. During the winter, students package the seeds they collected and cleaned in the fall, and decorate and sell the packages for fundraising. This winter we plan to integrate soap making, herbal salve making, and pickle making into the off-season curriculum.
We are currently fundraising for Phase 2!
The second phase of MESY is an Outdoor Classroom and Indigenous/Multicultural Food Garden; allowing for educators (Squamish CAN and Mamquam School) to have an interdisciplinary approach and hands-on learning opportunities for their students and community members. Included in the structure will be a rain water catchement system, solar panels, and multi-functional infrastructure for flexible usership.
Phase 3 will be a greenhouse.
How MESY Operates
MESY is made possible in partnership with School District 48, wonderful educators, staff, and parents at Mamquam Elementary, the District of Squamish, and Wildsafe BC. We have a garden committee at the school that meets monthly, and parents volunteers water the garden in the summer. The surplus produce during the summer goes to the volunteers and Helping Hands. We have a wonderful retired teacher who runs our gardening activities with the kids, and a garden manager who coordinates behind the scenes 5 hours per week.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Vancouver Coastal Health Smart Fund
Whistler Blackcomb Foundation
District of Squamish
Eagleview Veterinary Hospital
Squamish Integrated Health
Billies Flower House
Brackendale Farmers Institute