Widdifield students plant a sacred gardenTuesday, September 11, 2012 by: Kate AdamsFor the past six months students at Widdifield Secondary School have been learning the ins and outs of what it takes to sustain a community and feed people first hand.
The students have been responsible for a garden which has 15 varieties of vegetables, 8 varieties of herbs, and several flower beds on school property. The fruits of their labour, a ton of veggies, have been delivered to the Gathering Place, plus tomatoes have been delivered to the hospitality program at the school to be used for sauce and salsa.
The 35 students involved added another element to the garden on Monday, when they invited Brian Hansen and John Sawyer to visit and help plant a sacred garden in the newly renovated courtyard.
“Plants include cedar trees, sage, sweet grass, and tobacco,” notes teacher Carol Henschel.
“Students learned of the benefit of putting energy back into the earth, and about the healing properties of these sacred plants.”