Green-thumb students design sustainable garden for West Van high school
An unconventional art project is in the works for a group of Rockridge high school students.
They designed their school's new garden, complete with an area to grow fresh vegetables for home economics classes.
Each student in Carrie Berg's class drew a diagram, but in the end Brenna Cook Fowler's design was chosen.
"My mom gardens so I had a lot of ideas pop into my head," says the Grade 10 student during art class. "I had to put all those together and make it artistic."
Rockridge secondary entered the garden, which will be built over spring break, into the BC Green Games, a province-wide competition for green projects created by students.
"There was a lot of math involved," says Cook Fowler, holding the template for the garden where each aspect was drawn exactly to scale. Using both art and architecture skills, she designed seating among the plots and wheelchair accessible areas.
The environmental club and tech-savvy students put together a video for the contest, which is open to voting until March 31.
Rockridge already composts, but the new garden will take sustainability one step further, including providing vegetables for cooking classes.
Go to bcgreengames.ca to see the students' video and vote for the project.