Metal donations poured in for the Community Garden Fund-raiser on Saturday held by Lake Cowichan Secondary School’s Michele Taylor. In receipt of old appliances, car parts, and even a whole car, Taylor was excited to be that much closer to the completion of a large project that will benefit the students and the community. “I’m so proud of what we are doing here,” says Taylor.
It has taken four years to get the garden where it is today, but with community involvement and students assisting with composting, as well as the construction, Lake Cowichan is on the brink of opening a beautiful community garden with rentable boxes for residents to rent and grow their own food or flowers.
Money raised from the metal recycling fund-raiser will be used to pay for the additional materials needed for the garden shed, as well as ongoing expenses such as water and electricity. The goal is to raise approximately $1,000 in order to cover the costs required to complete the project. The amount raised to date will not be known until Pacific Steel, partners in the recycling program, come to collect the bin and its contents.
Composting like crazy and getting the students involved in a pretty serious recycling program will only further the benefits the garden will offer, not to mention increase the importance of being green amongst students. There is a lot to know about reducing waste, so instilling that knowledge in the kids at an early age is bound to have a positive effect on our earth’s future.
There has also been some noteworthy assistance from community businesses such as A&W, who have been donating their used eggshells to the high school for the composting bins.
From just a few things in the bin early Saturday morning to having it nearly full at days end, the metal fund-raiser seems to have been successful. However, it isn’t over yet! The bin will be left at LCSS for approximately one week. If you have donations of any kind, old bikes, appliances, coffee pots, please bring them by and help support the community garden efforts.