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Summer  

The Downtown School Farm will be offering a farm stand again this year on Fridays from 1-5 pm.

We have an abundance of harvest, so come say hello to the team and pick up some hyper local and organically grown food. Located between Howe sound Secondary and Squamish Elementary.

If you want to know what produce we will have each week, follow our social media channels for live updates.

The chocolate husks act as mulch which protects the sprouting plants and as the organic material decomposes it can release nutrients into the soil to assist plant growth. Plus it smells much better than some of the farm or garden products you may be used to! Taking a handful of the material smells like walking into a chocolate shop, and staff and students were looking forward to the first rain with the new cover to see if the moisture would highlight the scent even more. This is a unique opportunity for community partnership and waste reduction – now to wait and see what the plants think!

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Spring 

Do plants like chocolate as much as people do? The staff at the Squamish School Farm may soon have an answer.

Partnering with a local chocolate maker in Squamish, Schoki Chocolate, the farm is experimenting with using chocolate husks, a waste product of the chocolate-making process, as a topper for one of their crop rows on the farm.

The Making of the Downtown School Farm

 

From the initial vision, follow the timeline below to see our first year in building and a video from our local press coverage.

There were many folks involved in the success of this project, as well as continuous supporters. Visit our Funders and Partners page to learn about the local businesses and organizations involved.

 

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Our Vision: To develop a school farm in downtown Squamish located between two schools that meets both the community and students’ needs.

  • Providing fresh, nutritious, sustainably-grown and culturally appropriate food for families, community members, and nearby schools

  • Increasing food literacy in students through hands-on learning, connection to land, and various course integrations (i.e. business, food studies, leadership, woodworking and more)

  • Cultivating an accessible, sustainable and interconnected local food system in Squamish

  • Fostering social and environmental awareness in students and community

  • Helping to combat the climate crisis

  • Involving volunteers, community members, and partners to develop Good Food Box program that offers produce at accessible costs

  • Modelling a sustainable farm in all aspects, including reaching financial self-sustainability after three years

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Farm to School BC Pollinator Award 2023

Squamish CAN is proud to announce it was selected as a recipient of the Farm to School BC Pollinator Award for the Vancouver Area Regional Hub for 2023. This award celebrates K-12 schools in BC that display exceptional leadership in farm-to-school initiatives. 
 

The Downtown Squamish School Farm, a result of years of visioning, policy development, and community efforts, had its first full season in 2023. This collaborative farm embodies the Farm to School (F2S) model: supported by the district, led by community partners, fueled by teacher enthusiasm, and backed by community support. Students have the chance to participate in the Farm Studies course, utilize the produce in the Culinary Arts program, and engage in various collaborations, including donations to local food programs and interactive activities with elementary school students.

Congrats to all the teachers, including Erin Eidsvik and Jake DePodesta (pictured here), SquamishCAN, Howe Sound Secondary, School District 48, and the students for their success so far! We are excited to see this program grow!

 

Read more about Farm to School BC program via the link.

 


 

In The Press: Squamish School Farm Blossoms downtown

 

Squamish CAN farm serves schools and the community in the heart of town. See the full article here

Source: Squamish Chief
 

"This style of farming is one piece of solving the food security puzzle, but so is exploring, like, hydroponics or aquaponics, or growing mushrooms in the urban environment. There's a lot of different solutions." - Former School farm manager Constance Cope of the Squamish Climate Action Network (CAN)
 

The First Year in Pictures

March 2022 - Indigenous land offering and groundbreaking

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Spring 2022 - Digging In

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Summer and Fall 2022 - Reaping what we've sown

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Timeline

2023

Winter 

  • Second semester of Farm Studies class begins

  • Weekly farm programming with Squamish Elementary students begins

 

2022

Fall

  • Farm Studies Class first offered at Howe Sound Secondary

  • Inaugural Community Harvest Celebration 

  • Plant Indigenous and perennial garden beds
     

Summer

  • Build and install greenhouse

  • Harvest and sell produce at weekly farm stand and Good Food Box

  • Donated excess produce to Under One Roof
     

Spring 

  • Students participate in preparing land and sowing seeds 

  • Establish School Farm Club 

  • Carpentry Class installs perimeter fence as final project 

  • Coordinate Good Food Box Program, sliding scale weekly harvest box 

 

Winter 

  • Squamish Nation land offering and groundbreaking ceremony  

  • Establish basic farm layout on property 

  • Installation of water and electrical services 

  • Purchase essential supplies (i.e. fencing, farm equipment etc.) 

  • Soil delivery 

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Continued donations of any size are appreciated. Donors receive most prominent recognition on site if values> $5,000. 

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How to Donate
 

Step 1: Visit the HSS School Farm Donations page.

Step 2: Under School, choose Howe Sound Secondary.

Step 3: Under Initiative, choose HSS Food Farm.

Step 4: Under Message to School Board, include your Name/Organization if you wish to be recognized as a donor. Otherwise, you will remain anonymous.

Step 5: A donation receipt will be emailed to you upon completion of your cart checkout! This can be used for tax purposes.

Thank you so much for your support!

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