Food literacy and healthy eating initiatives as well as education and community connection are
at the heart of the Lake Trail Community School Garden.
In partnership with the Rotary Club of Courtenay, Lake Trail Community Education Society will
be able to enhance its Community Garden programming.
Under normal circumstances, the Garden supports production of local foods for the 368 Lake
Trail students who reside in the school’s catchment. Through LTCES, students receive a free,
weekly nutritious meal which promotes garden-to-table literacy. Fresh produce from the
garden also supports the school’s foods program.
Rotary funds will provide interpretive signs and an outdoor message center to communicate
with the general public as well as program participants. Rotary funding will also provide an
additional composter, pop-up shelters and table and chairs to offer shelter from sun, wind and
rain, and to increase program accessibility once programs are up and running again.
“Interpretive signs will tell the inspiring story of the community garden and communicate the
value of compost and support compost use”, states Rotary Club of Courtenay’s President Lynn
Gray.
“The new outdoor kiosk and message centre will allow us to effectively communicate with the
neighbourhood about our year-round, barrier-free education, recreation and social programs –
including our Summer Sprouters early learning drop-in program, community potlucks and
celebrations”, explains Anna Rambow, Lake Trail Community Middle School Coordinator.
“These supports will be in place when we can welcome the community back to the garden”.
Lesia Wick, Chair of the LTCES notes that “the message centre will engage and involve residents
through increased awareness of opportunities to share the harvest offerings and volunteer
opportunities – enhancing our community connection”.
Through this enhanced outreach and program support, LTCES will increase its capacity to
promote and provide accessible programs, food literacy education and connections for
residents and students. Weather permitting, the project will be completed by June 2020.
For more information about the Garden, visit www.LTCES.ca

Anna Rambow.

Middle School Coordinator, Lake Trail Community Education Society