News & Events
May 27, 2016
On Wednesday, May 26, 2016, students and staff at St. Joseph’s Elementary school in Victoria began the second year of potato planting at the school. Last year, potatoes planted in the Spring yielded more than 500 lbs in the Fall. This year, the school hopes to double that number.
The City of Saanich pitched in with a donation of compost (including some most excellent worms!), and a volunteer was able to secure agricultural rates for watering, which means the cost to produce the harvest is reduced. Volunteers will tend to the crop over the summer months, and the resulting spuds will go to help feed the hungry at the 9-10 Club, the soup kitchen hosted at St. Andrew’s Cathedral.
Students have the opportunity to learn the practical skill of planting potatoes—but more than that—seeds of mercy are planted in young hearts. This is truly mercy in action: a mission to the peripheries that exist on our streets.
Photos courtesy Connie Dunwoody