By Donna McMillan
St. Cecilia Separate School students and staff celebrated Earth Day April 22 by getting acquainted with growers and producers in Norfolk County and having a simultaneous Big Crunch.
The entire student body learned the importance of eating local to reduce emissions from transportation, to avoid foreign pesticide use, to lessen handling and therefore the risk of contamination, to support Norfolk farmers, businesses and the local economy and because local produce is fresher, healthier and tastes better.
Norfolk Fruit Growers, Scotlynn Commodities, Bonnie Heath Lavender, Pleasant Port Fish Company, Meadow Lynn Farms, The Cider Keg, Sweet Pea Community Supported Agriculture, Round Plains Plantation and The Dover Cheese Shop were all staffing displays that catered to students.
There was strawberry lemonade to sample, mini watermelons to eat, cheese to sample and more. And, the students all bit into apples, the remains to be composted, for the big crunch.
“Norfolk County is our home. We need to take care of it”, Principal Alice Skroka told the Maple Leaf as she talked about the importance of conservation, waste minimization, the greening of school grounds and environmental stewardship. This is all part of an ECO certification program that the school is involved in, she explained. It is incorporated in the 163 student population’s curriculum.
Also, as part of Earth Day, students were doing outdoors clean-up.