by Ian Jacques / Delta Optimist
March 2nd

The knowledge base for the grade 10 to 12 students at the Farm Roots Mini School will continue to grow thanks to a recent donation from the Delta Farmers’ Institute.

Last month Delta farmers Nancy Chong, Alicia Guichon, Maureen Malenstyn and DFI administrator Leisa Yee met with a few of the students in the Farm Roots program who will benefit from the $2,000 donation.

The DFI represents more than 60 multi-generational Delta farming families and works for the betterment and sustainability of the farming community.

Yee said the DFI looks forward to building a working relationship with Farm Roots students.

Brooke Moore, Delta school district principal of inquiry and innovation, said Farm Roots students are grateful for the donation, which they will use to finance their agricultural business plans this year.

“Thank you goes out to the agricultural community of Delta for its constant show of support and enthusiasm throughout the year,” said Moore.

Farm Roots students in grades 10 to 12 take their learning to the land where they get hands-on experience as well as credit for science, social studies and business courses by building a sustainable farm and agriculture business. Students can also earn credit from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Registration for Farm Roots is done through any Delta high school. For more information, call Moore at 604-910-8119 or email

Meanwhile, the Delta School District announced that during the summer, Farm Roots plans to partner with Fresh Roots to offer SOYL, a seven-week leadership and employment program. Youth will develop skills in growing, cooking and selling food as well as a greater connection to themselves, their community and the Lower Mainland food system.

Youth also receive a stipend, community service hours and can receive high school credit for their contributions.

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