Harvest Festival at QE Brings Community Together

Community, Green, Schools & Students

Before the end of the school year at Queen Elizabeth Elementary, students, teachers, parents, staff and community members gathered outdoors for an inspiring harvest celebration.

The parent community at the west side elementary had worked tirelessly to prepare a tasty assortment of foods for the hundreds of K-Grade 7 students—all sourced from the schools garden and orchard.

Pesto pasta, leafy salad and dressing, home baked potato bread, vegetable latkes and roast potatoes were all on the menu. And even the pickiest of eaters were seen going back for seconds.

For weeks the garden had been bursting with peas, radishes, spinach, and a variety of greens, as well as potatoes and an abundance of fruit from the school’s orchard. The al fresco lunch was a way to recognize the hard work of the students over the past year. 

A dedicated team of teachers, students, and parent volunteers created the school garden, with assistance from SPEC, and is comprised garden boxes, garden beds, 3-bin compost system, and the Fruit Orchard. It has grown into a learning tool connecting children with nature and food, adding life to the science curriculum, and building community.

To see photos from the event CLICK HERE or view below.