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Round Hill School Grade 6 student Ahmed Sigha, front, and Grade 7 student Allie Bergman check out some of the bounty ready to harvest in the Round Hill Renaissance Community Garden, including ripening pumpkins.
Round Hill School, in partnership with the Round Hill Renaissance Agriculture Foundation, teaches students not only the value of what our earth provides, but what can be accomplished when people work together. The Round Hill Renaissance Agriculture Foundation community garden and food forest is the backdrop for learning and sharing. See inside story on page 3 for full details on the initiative.
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Students of the earth By Lori Larsen
Round Hill School and Round Hill Renaissance Agriculture Foundation have partnered in an incredible initiative to teach students the value of what mother earth provides with the Round Hill Renaissance Agriculture Foundation (RHRAF) foodscape, a community garden and food forest. The idea for the foodscape community garden came about in February 2020, when a group of parents and members of the Round Hill community approached Battle River School Division with the thought of developing an Agriculture based learning program within Round Hill School. The foodscape is located directly south of the Round Hill School on a site located along the former railroad line. Currently the site houses: raised gardens growing a variety of food sources; a chicken coop that houses chickens producing eggs; some binzebos, a unique take on gazebos; water capture tanks; compost containers and beautiful flower beds loaded with bee and butterfly attracting plants. Recognizing the importance of providing students with enriched learning opportunities, Round Hill School teachers and administrators are working with RHRAF on using the site as a hands-on, real-life teaching model. During COVID, teachers at RHS took advantage of the resources Agriculture for Life to help incorporate agriculture into the classrooms, which has continued to be a vital part of the School curriculum. Taking the lead is RHS teacher Taren Holden. In an effort to provide the best learning experience for the students, Holden received a Permaculture Design Certification from Verge Permaculture and certification from Soil Foodweb School. “From the microbes in the soil to the intergenerational relationships we develop with each other, our vision is to build our community as a highly productive, inclusive and diverse ecosystem, making Round Hill a destination school and community,” said Holden during an interview for the journal of the Global, Environmental & Outdoor Education Council, Connections magazine. Our goals are to create nutrient dense food using regenerative systems and teach others how to do the same.” Aside from the incredible opportunity for students to “get their hands
dirty” with a land based learning approach that includes weekly outdoor science classes, Holden is also teaching the students the rich history and tradition behind agriculture. “While we believe it is important for students to gain hands-on learning about their food, nutrition and diet, we would be negligent not to include Indigenous history, tradition and knowledge in this process.” remarked Holden. “We would like to provide a safe space for Indigenous voices. We would like to amplify Indigenous history, traditions, ways of knowing by hosting Elders, Knowledge Keepers and implementing proper care of land, water and air.” Holden said they also hope to facilitate a blanket exercise, which provides powerful lessons and is crucial for understanding Indigenous history. “It is important for students to understand that our current gardening systems exist because of colonialism. If students are able to witness the abundance around us, they will be able to show a greater appreciation and respect for the air, water and land.” Part of the learning experience will also include implementation of a school-wide hot lunch program with locally sourced food from farms, gardens, artisans, and bakers. “Students are involved in each stage, including planning, sourcing, growing, harvesting, preserving, preparation, serving, cleaning and of course eating these delicious foods,” explained Holden. “The true measure of success will be observed in the students’ interactions with their natural environment; however, we will also look at their words and reflections. Documentation and journaling are a keystone to our hot meal program implementation.” The initiative continues to grow in site size and resources as well as connectivity and notoriety. To date, the Round Hill School has been successful in application for Aspen Foundation Grant and Farm to Cafeteria Grant. Integrated garden tower and microgreens into daily eating for all students and staff (grown by students) and a school-wide composting system and several vermicompost systems have been implemented and a variety of educational opportunities (local farming systems, local food preparation method and past/present/future of food sustainability.) The Round Hill Renais-
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The garden has also provided food donations for the Tofield Food Bank as well as several local families. On September 8, Round Hill School Grade 6 and 7 students flitted around the bountiful gardens. They awed at the ripening of a variety of squash, including pumpkins, fed the chickens and checked for eggs, weaved in and out of the soon to be harvested vege-
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The Battle River Community Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the Flagstaff Food Bank. The Food Bank used the grant to purchase items for new standard hampers. Lynne Jenkinson, FCSS director explained that, “The Flagstaff Food Bank provides food and hygiene items for more than 40 hampers per month for Flagstaff residents. The food hampers are designed to last for up to one week for individuals and families in need. The items in the standard hampers are then packaged up with items from a ‘choose yourself’ list along with weekly fresh items which include milk, cheese, eggs, potatoes, carrots, apples and oranges.” This grant was funded by the Judy and Daryl Larson Fund established to support the Killam area; the Irene and Willis Felzien Memorial Fund established to support the areas of Killam, Forestburg and Galahad; and the Mell and Jim Hampshire Fund, established at a Community Builder Dinner held in Mell and Jim Hampshire’s
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THRESHING DAY Murray Green, Camrose Booster The members of the Round Hill and District Agricultural Society and volunteers demonstrated the old-fashioned way of threshing during harvest at the Round Hill Harvest Show and Shine on September 4. Threshing, or thrashing, is the process of loosening the edible part of grain from the straw to which it is attached. It is the step in grain preparation after reaping (bottom right). These operations are carried out in the field with the help of animals and machines. Threshing demonstration brought back memories for retired farmers and was a learning experience for young people. Top right: Caleb Hoflin, 12, of the Kingman area, was proud to assist with the chicken bingo ritual.
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Camrose County council set the date for the annual organizational meeting for October 25 beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the start time for the regular meeting of council to be amended to 10:30 a.m. At that time the reeve, deputy reeve and committee appointments for the coming year will be solidified. Camrose County approved the cancellation of the November 8 regular council meeting so councillors can attend the Rural Municipalities of Alberta fall convention November 7 to 10. Councillor Carlene Wetthuhn moved that Camrose County council create a new committee of council, the Battle River Watershed Alliance (BRWA) Land and Water Advisory committee and that councillor Doug Lyseng be appointed to that committee until the organizational meeting. Councillor Don Simpson moved that the manager of Planning and Development, or designate, be appointed as the designated contact person and staff representative to that committee. Councillor Jordon Banack moved that Camrose County support the application for an Alberta Community Partnership grant application in support of the Battle River Watershed Alliance Land and Water Advisory committee. During the Battle River Watershed Alliance presentation to council last spring, the group spoke about the plans to create a Land and Water Advisory Committee. This group will discuss how municipal statutory plans and land use bylaws can support local and regional land and water management, and opportunities to enhance synergies between municipal and watershed management planning processes.