Pinwheel Jam Cookies

A few weeks ago we made jam with strawberries and plums. We didn’t add any pectin or gelatin, instead we used green apples, which have high levels of pectin. Everything we make in our Cooking Club at St. Raphael’s is kosher. We each brought home a jar of jam and saved the rest to make…

Seed Saving & Sharing

B.A.S.E. Daycare Green Clubs are creating pollinator habitats in Montreal from east to west! Coronation Elementary has had a Monarch Project in place since the 2016-2017 school year and just expanded its reach! Green Club students saved seeds from their special plants that Monarch butterflies love and sent a bunch to St. Dorothy Elementary’s Green…

Certified Edible Garden!

We are so excited to have our newly permanent schoolyard garden certified by the Montreal Botanical Gardens! Mr. Ryan, B.A.S.E. Green Animator, applied on our behalf and we received an Espace Pour La Vie certificate saying that we have fulfilled all the required criteria to qualify for the status of an Edible Garden!  Pictures of our…

Edible & Monarch Certified Garden!

The Coronation Elementary Schoolyard Garden, run by B.A.S.E. Daycare Green Club, is an Espace Pour La Vie Montreal Certified Garden in two categories: Edible and Monarch Oasis! Mr. Ryan, B.A.S.E. Green Animator, sent in an application for us to the Montreal Botanical Gardens and we received two certificates! We now have our garden displayed on…

Green Club Harvest Parties

The Before and After School Enriched (B.A.S.E.) Daycare Program Green Clubs have a tradition of celebrating the harvest from the school gardens each fall in an annual Harvest Party. The festivities are centered around connecting the school community to their garden and promoting healthy eating through preparing nutritional meals. Other benefits include engaging staff, students…

New Garden Construction

Cedarcrest has a new and improved garden this growing season thanks to the hard work of some keen parent volunteers and our B.A.S.E. Daycare Green Club, plus a little help from the funds we raised at our seedling sale. After a year with our container garden, the new raised planters were constructed and filled with…

Pollinator-Friendly Plant Kits

Our lunchtime Green Club at Elizabeth Ballantyne School applied for and received ten free pollinator-friendly plant kits for signing-up to participate in the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s (CWF) “WILD Spaces for Schools” program. We began planting the 40 pollinator-friendly perennial plants to attract monarchs, hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and songbirds in May. The honeybees in our Alveole…

First Seedling Sale Ever!

Our Green Club hosted our first ever seedling sale this May during Daycare Week to raise money to turn our container garden into a permanent schoolyard garden! We raised $120! Thank you to all who supported us! “I enjoyed selling the flowers to the parents and raising money for the new garden,” said Vasco. What else…

New Garden Tools – Thanks Eco League!

This week our Green Club celebrated receiving our new garden tool box and tools from the Eco League, Learning for a Sustainable Future grant we won. It was also Daycare Week and beautiful weather so we spent our Green Club time outside direct seeding a mix of radish, spinach and lettuce. We then enjoyed some fresh…