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Watching Them Grow
The Mennonite community has a long history of farming, and it is Abbotsford’s main industry, so it seemed only natural to apply for the grant last spring as MEI owns 19 acres on the south side of Downes Road that sits in the ALR. We are excited by the opportunities to:
- Educate our students in sustainable agriculture practices
- Connect with our alumni who are now agriculture leaders here in Abbotsford
- Grow produce for the good of the community
With the help of the agriculture industry and our MEI community, greenhouse construction is almost complete, and field preparations are under way. Students from all three schools will be involved in growing a variety of flowers, and vegetables, with agriculture and sustainability-specific courses offered at the Secondary and Middle Schools. And although some of the produce will go to our foods programs, the remainder of the produce will go to worthy causes and charities here in Abbotsford.
There is much potential in this initiative, from planting the seeds in the farmers of tomorrow, to harvesting the wealth of knowledge from agricultural leaders in our MEI community. If you are one of these leaders, we would love to connect with you.
We welcome donations: potting tools, multi-use pots, seed trays, totes, wheelbarrows, carts, small tractor with bucket, peat moss, pitchforks, rakes, shovels, seeds, etc.
Much thanks already to the following: Avina Fresh Mushrooms, Rossdown Farms, Valley Carriers, and MEI alumni for your generous donations.
Please contact MEI Secondary teacher Gary Funk at firstname.lastname@example.org.