An evolv­ing craft

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the world-class cheese be­ing pro­duced in Canada.

The Cana­dian Cheese Grand Prix is spon­sored and hosted ev­ery two years by Dairy Farm­ers of Canada, cel­e­brat­ing the high qual­ity, ver­sa­til­ity and great taste of Cana­dian cheese made from 100% Cana­dian milk.

“Cana­dian cheese mak­ers from coast-to-coast are pro­duc­ing top qual­ity, im­pres­sive cheeses,” said Phil Bélanger, Cana­dian Cheese Grand Prix jury chair­man. “The di­ver­sity we saw within the 19 cat­e­gories re­ally show­cases how evolved this craft has be­come in Canada. From aged Ched­dars to or­ganic cheeses, cheese mak­ers from across Canada are tak­ing it to the next level and are the envy of other cheese mak­ing na­tions.”

The Cana­dian Cheese Grand Prix be­gan in 1998 to pro­mote achieve­ment and in­no­va­tion in cheese mak­ing and to in­crease ap­pre­ci­a­tion for fine qual­ity Cana­dian cheese.

TheEdi­ble Gar­den: A project by stu­dent-vol­un­teers from École Sain­tAn­toine

Since fall 2010, stu­dent-vol­un­teers, peo­ple in­volved in the Bor­ough of Len­noxville, and other part­ners have main­tained an ed­i­ble gar­den at the cor­ner of Speid and Hunt­ing streets next to the Up­lands Cul­tural and Her­itage Cen­tre.

The first phase, be­gun in the fall of 2010, was to de­velop plans and pre­pare the mound of earth that would be­come a gar­den. The fol­low­ing win­ter, the chil­dren con­ducted re­search to find in­for­ma­tion on ed­i­ble plants with the goal of plant­ing the gar­den in the spring of 2011. A rain­wa­ter re­cu­per­a­tion bar­rel was also in­stalled in May to wa­ter the gar­den dur­ing sum­mer and avoid wast­ing city drink­ing wa­ter.

The stu­dent-vol­un­teers pre­pared the dirt to plant the shrubs and plants that were gen­er­ously do­nated by the school’s par­ents or were pur­chased in lo­cal green­houses. The gar­den was of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rated on Friend­ship Day in June 2011 with Bernard Sévi­gny, mayor of the Ville de Sher­brooke, in at­ten­dance, as well as the project’s var­i­ous part­ners.

The fol­low­ing au­tumn, a sec­ond phase was be­gun to ex­pand the rest area. Then in spring 2012, veg­e­ta­tion was planted on the north side of the small park. The stu­dents on the ed­i­ble gar­den com­mit­tee worked very hard to sow all the new plants be­fore their sum­mer hol­i­days. They also needed to wa­ter about ev­ery two days be­cause the sun is harsh on newly sown plants! Some of the chil­dren who at­tended the day camp were also re­spon­si­ble for wa­ter­ing the gar­den dur­ing sum­mer. It was a won­der­ful team ef­fort!

Last fall, we har­vested the gar­den’s veg­eta­bles, berries, fresh herbs, and rhubarb, and en­joyed tast­ing the de­li­cious fare! The stu­dents were de­lighted to see that their crops could be quickly con­sumed so soon af­ter plant­ing!

This project was very mo­ti­vat­ing for some and re­ward­ing for all those in­volved! Even stu­dents in a par­tic­u­lar pro­gram at­tend­ing the Tri­o­let high school took part and made bird­houses that will soon dec­o­rate our won­der­ful ed­i­ble gar­den!

On be­half of my­self and the stu­dent-vol­un­teers at École Saint-An­toine, I would like to thank all our part­ners: Eric Ak­bar Manol­son and other vol­un­teers from Town­ship­pers’ As­so­ci­a­tion who came to visit us and of­fered very in­for­ma­tive work­shops; Yael Filipovic of Bishop’s Univer­sity who sub­mit­ted some very cre­ative projects; Les Amis de la terre who de­signed our gar­den while re­spect­ing our nu­mer­ous con­straints; and Ju­dith Gagnon, Sec­tion Chief, Re­cre­ation and Com­mu­nity Life for the Bor­ough of Len­noxville, who sup­ported us through­out our won­der­ful project to de­velop an ed­i­ble ur­ban gar­den!

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