Plenty of gardens at Gordon Bell

Summer storms and droughts were detrimental to many gardens, but the community garden at Gordon Bell High School was good.

Raymond Ngarbui, a community organizer with the Community Education Development Association, grew approximately 3,000 pounds of vegetables in the green space and outside the school. This summer he led 20 students in the Gordon Bell Green Team to take care of the garden. Most students go to Gordon Bell High School, but a few go to College Louis-Real.

Djimie Tgoï and Mariette Debó are both 16 and are in the 11th grade at the Louis-Reel College.

“Although we were in the same class, we both came from Cameroon, but we did not know each other at school,” he said. In this way we became friends.

“It was really fun” Debo agreed (translated from Gogo in French). “I was home a lot last summer, and that took me out of the house.

The GBHS Green team, including some of their teachers, learned how to do everything from gardening to planting, planting, weeding, weeding and harvesting. He also helped gardeners at Rainbow Gardens at the University of Manitoba and another large community garden in Niverville.

Thanks to the school’s water, which has enabled the green team to keep the two reservoirs of potatoes, pumpkins, bitter melons, carrots, corn, strawberries, tomatoes, pumpkins, zucchini and others in the GHS community garden.

The students were well controlled in the heat.

“They have a lot of rest,” Ngareboy said.

Many people know that they can pick some vegetables. A woman from Zichichini baked a chocolate zucchini cake for the students and thanked them. Spending a little time is always appreciated.

Not gardeners, the GBHS Green Team can be found in the kitchen of Knox United Church, helping people prepare food using some vegetables. The food was then distributed to people outside the church.

On Saturdays, they usually brought vegetables from the community gardens and sold them at an affordable price at one of the tables on the Central Global Market outside the church.

While they were having a good time sharing some of their own food at the market, they also learned about the importance of food security because they were helping many people who were not in the inner city. Enough to eat.

Anne Hawe is the last community reporter for the West. She can be reached at

Ann Hawe

Ann Hawe
Community Reporter – West End

Anne Hawe is the last community reporter for the West. She can be reached at

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