Howe Sound Secondary School Farm
 

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Donate here!

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$75,000

Last update:
2021-11-16
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$15,044 raised
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Our 
Vision

To develop a school farm at Howe Sound Secondary located in downtown Squamish that meets both the community and students’ needs by:

  • 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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Layout

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Fall 2021

  • Squamish Nation land offering and groundbreaking ceremony

  • Installation of water and electrical services

  • Cardboard drive to prepare for covering grass

  • Establish basic farm layout on property

Winter 2021-22 

  • Plan crops, order seeds

  • Purchase essential supplies (i.e. shipping container for storage, fencing, etc.)

  • Retrofit shipping container to be used as garden shed

  • Soil and compost delivery 

  • Hire excavation company for layout of pathways 

Spring 2022 

  • Prepare land and sow seeds

  • Coordinate and Good Food Box Program (sliding scale harvest box)

  • Build ‘Help Yourself’ garden boxes at entrance 

  • Inaugural Community Harvest Celebration 

  • Build and install greenhouse

  • Establish School Farm Club 

Fall 2022​

  • Harvest and sell produce

  • Paint mural on shipping container

  • Create English and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim signage for plant identification

Timeline

Our goal is to raise $75,000. Donations will help with all capital costs associated with building a school farm from start to finish. Community donations will be essential to meeting the goals of the project. Donated funds will go towards:

  • Fencing

  • Soil testing equipment

  • Excavation and crushed gravel

  • Greenhouse

  • Shipping container to be used as a garden shed

  • Seed packets

  • Garden tools, such as hoes, shovels, pitchforks, and wheelbarrows

  • Compost bin

  • Cold storage equipment

  • Soil

  • Wood

  • Irrigation equipment

and more!

Donations of any size are appreciated, though donors will receive the most prominent recognition if donations are over $5,000 (Tier 1). This is followed by donations between $1,000 and $4,999 (Tier 2), and under $999 (Tier 3). Every little bit helps!

24-Carrot Gold ($5000+) 

  • Recognition on on-site signage (family/business name, logo)

  • Recognition on website and social media

  • Two tickets to annual Harvest Dinner event at farm (August/September)

Silver Beet ($1000-4999)

  • Recognition on on-site signage (family/business name, logo)

  • Recognition on website and social media

Bronze Bean ($999 and under)  

  • Recognition on on-site signage

 

If you are able to donate in-kind support, please contact our Executive Director Krystle at 604-562-0446 or squamishcan@gmail.com

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Sponsorship
Opportunities

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Our
Fundraising Goal

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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.

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Thank you so much for your support!

Questions?

Krystle tenBrink, Executive Director

Constance Cope, Farm Manager

Gabriela Lech, Food Systems Coordinator

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