We at SEEDS have the pleasure of working with the staff, students and Student Advisory Council from Bendale B.T.I. within their Sustainability and the Environment project.
This project is a Save seeds for Africa initiative, and we at SEEDS have the pleasure of being the recipient of those seeds.
The Bendale S.A.C.( Student Advisory Council) will spend 5 minutes speaking with each Home Room class on Feb.7th to explain and encourage participation. Here is a picture of the Bendale S.A.C. who are doing an amazing job so thank you very much for all of your help and hard work.
The following is a letter we will send home with the students so they will know what to do.
Part of this project is to help, Registered Canadian Charity, Socio-Economic and Environmental Development Solutions (SEEDS), collect Non-GMO (Organic) fruit and vegetable seeds which they will send to Zambia Africa for people to grow food. Don’t worry! You don’t have to buy organic fruit or vegetables for this project. All of the seeds required, from the list below, are already Non-GMO.
All you have to do is take the seeds out of any of the fruit and vegetables you have purchased at your local grocery store to eat. Then rinse them in the sieve, place them on a sheet of parchment paper in a cardboard lid or a safe place where they won’t get knocked. Then dry them for 4 days. Write on a slip of paper the name of the student’s home room teacher and the type of seed and place them in a clean dry jar or clean sealed plastic bag and give them to your home room teacher.
DO NOT MIX DIFFERENT KINDS OF SEEDS TOGETHER. Please label the type of seed in each bag.
The class that saves the most seeds, before the deadline, February 28, 2018, will win a pizza lunch. Each student will also obtain 3hours for each bag or jar handed in towards their community hours needed to graduate. Students must bring their Community Hours form to be signed by their Home Room teacher when they bring in their seeds and keep that form in a safe place for future hours.
You can save the seeds from any of the vegetables or fruit from the list below (these are all Non-GMO), Depending on the type of seeds you are drying you may need a sieve to rinse them in, cardboard box lid lined with parchment paper (if you need some see Mr. Taylor) or safe flat surface where they won’t stick, and a clean dry glass or plastic jar or bag to save them in.
Vegetable: Butternut, Acorn and Spaghetti Squash, Red, Yellow or Orange sweet peppers (NOT GREEN PEPPERS!), and Pumpkin seeds. Fruit: Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Honey Dew Melon. Tree: Pomegranate. Plum, Pear, Avocado, and Guava seeds.
For more information go to www.sendseedstoafrica.org, Growing Veggies, How to save pure seed.
We all hope this will be beneficial for all involved and may be a precursor to other high schools participating at a future date. We may even inform the media!