School Programs

insectsJA Laird students building insect houses to invite the friendly insects into their gardens. The students created their own respectful workplace agreement.

living soilJA Laird – Old Blue Truck Farm tour and working session as students learn what makes “living soil”.

Groundswell’s mission and purpose is to educate the public on Food Sustainability predominantly through education around Living Soil and Permaculture.
Groundswell partners with many organizations do provide these educational experiences. Amongst its partners are the College of the Rockies, CBEEN (Wild Voices for Kids), JA Laird Elementary, David Thompson High school.
In 2022 the Mt Nelson Community Garden opened 4 of its beds to grade 4/5 and 6/7 students who have prepared soil with compost, planned companion plantings, designed their garden, and will care for it throughout the summer – watering, fertilizing and harvesting as needed. The students will be donating the food from their beds to the Food Bank. The learning covers components of their biology, sociology, geology, and history classes. They will be harvesting seed in the autumn to help build up the resources of the new Seed Library at the Invermere Public Library.
The initiative teaches responsibility, team work, social contribution, resourcefulness and aids to mental health with the outdoor work in the garden.

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JA Laird students hand over first crop to the Food Bank past president Lawrie Mack.

Eating the fruit of their labours, students celebrate the coming summer with fresh salads.