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What do you say to a rain cloud that stays when the beach is filled with sun?
Do you just disband in this rainforest land; say forget it, I’m on the run.
Do you wait till it’s right; and under the dark night drop buckets on top of the roof
Either way, we’re glad that by day; this weather is clearly rain proof.

Howdy Everyone,

Transplants are growing, seeds are sprouting, and students are gardening! The warmer weather means even more action in the schoolyard market gardens.

It’s spring time, and that means we are ready to recruit you to help grow school yard market gardens. We are officially recruiting volunteers! Check it out if you want to get your hands dirty and work in the fields. And don’t forget to visit us during our Good Food Market Tuesday, May 6 from 3 to 5 pm, at David Thompson Secondary School.

Fresh Roots is hosting the Think&EatGreen@School 2014 Summer Institute at the David Thompson schoolyard market garden in July. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to learn on food systems, gardening, cooking and so much more!

With a fistful of sunshine,

Ilana, Marc, Marilou and Scott

Scott, our Farm Manager, and many volunteers hard at work at the David Thompson Schoolyard Market Garden, removing remaining season extension infrastructure and adding fresh compost to the garden.

Scott, our Farm Manager, and many volunteers hard at work at the David Thompson Schoolyard Market Garden, removing remaining season extension infrastructure and adding fresh compost to the garden.

Scott, our Farm Manager, and many volunteers hard at work at the David Thompson Schoolyard Market Garden, removing remaining season extension infrastructure and adding fresh compost to the garden.

Farmer’s Log

Spring showers bring May flowers – and delicious vegetables! We’ve had a great mix of rain and sun over the past few weeks, making life a little easier for our seedlings as they sprout or transition from our greenhouse to the field. We’ve been busy transplanting head lettuce, onions, leeks, chard, kale and bok choi. Our peas are starting to reach for their trellises and the garlic is looking gorgeous! The season is upon us.

Good Food Market

Please join us on Tuesday May 6, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, at David Thompson Secondary at our schoolyard harvest market stand! For those of you with our schoolyard harvest program, we’ve got your account ready.

Available this week at the market:

  • Collards
  • Pea Tips
  • Parsley
  • Baby kale
  • Head Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Tarragon
  • Lettuce Mix
  • Rhubarb
  • Mustard Greens

Transplants for sale:

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Tomatoes

When: Tuesday May 6th, 3-5 pm
Where: David Thompson’s Schoolyard Market Garden
More info?: marilou@freshroots.ca, 778.872.KALE (5253)

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2014 Summer Institute

The Think&EatGreen@School 2014 Summer Institute goal is to grow the vision and capacity of school staff, students, and communities to collaboratively develop healthy and sustainable food systems at their school. This three-day experiential conference will host a combination of plenaries and hands on workshops focusing on different components of the school food system: food gardens and orchards; composting and waste management; food procurement; food preparation and consumption; innovations in teaching and learning; and school food policies.

Dates: Wednesday, July 2 to Friday, July 4, from 9am-3pm.
Location: David Thompson Secondary School.
To apply: www.thinkeatgreen.ca and click on the application link.
The early bird deadline to apply is Friday, May 23.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Urban Farm Volunteers needed!

Urban farm volunteers help fulfill Fresh Roots’ mission by contributing their time and effort in a diversity of farm tasks including seeding, weeding, transplanting, harvesting and processing produce, pest management, and maintaining soil fertility.

For more information and to apply, click here.

If you have questions, contact Marilou at volunteer@freshroots.ca.

Weekly Veggie Boxes!

This year, Fresh Roots is bringing back our famous weekly veggie boxes. Enjoy a weekly delicious box of schoolyard grown vegetables and at the same time, support your schoolyard market garden.

$475 for 24 weeks of veggies; May – Nov
10% off Fresh Roots’ Good Food Market

For more information and to sign up – click here!

Featured Veggie: Spinach

spinachHave you tried our spinach yet? It is sooooo good! Our secret? Growing it through the winter! Our spinach spent the winter under plastic tunnels, to be protected from the rain and cold. And when you grow spinach in cold weather, something amazing happens: the plants store sugar in their leaves to prevent them from freezing. Which means, that this spinach is extra sweet! You can find it at our Good Food Market.

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