The Lacombe Garden Club was hosted at the Strathmore High School greenhouse by Communities in Bloom on August 15 for a tour of the developed facility. Jennifer Neufeld, chair of Communities in Bloom, said the Lacombe High School Eco-Vision Club and Strathmore Garden Club were also in attendance for the tour to learn about the greenhouse.
“It is kind of a meeting of like minds just to get together and have a tour of the space and hear the story that got us to where we are today, which started with Cole Hintz,” said Neufeld. “The Lacombe group wanted to do a tour and connected with Cole, and because I am involved with helping out watering here through Communities in Bloom, I thought that might be a great way to get our organization involved… and collaborate with other people.”
The building was completed in June 2022, and Strathmore High School students have since been working to build out both the interior and exterior of the facility. Neufeld added that several school groups have been utilizing the greenhouse to explore and learn about horticulture.
“Lots of school groups come in through the school year and try planting things … there are lots of opportunities for different groups to be involved,” she said. “Earlier this spring, we did a permaculture design course that taught participants, which included students from the school as well as community members, and some of our members from Communities in Bloom, on how to connect elements within a space.”
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