On October 23rd, Global got the chance to interview the HS and ES Gardening Clubs exclusively. When we visited them, they were working in the garden next to the language house, where different plants such as tomatoes, beans, onions, potatoes, garlic, and lemongrass are growing. The gardening groups had been tending to the crops since the beginning of the school year, and they show to be growing quite well, with one round of harvest already reaped. 

Elementary school students are looking after the plants.
―Photographed by Global.

Global is interviewing the member of the Gardening Group.
―Photographed by Global.

A student is looking after the plant.
―Photographed by Global.

A student is planting a plant.
―Photographed by Global.

“Our aim is to give (the crops) to the school kitchens and Community Kitchen to use for their meals,” said Danica, member of the HS Gardening Club. “It’s interesting to learn gardening techniques while giving what we have (cultivated) back to the community.” This upcoming partnership between Community Kitchen and the Gardening Club will strengthen ties between service groups at ISY.

When asked about the challenges faced, Rose, a member of the HS Gardening Club, remarked how “we would love it if we had more people” and “one of our main problems is space. We need more land area to grow more crops.” They aim to spread more awareness about their group and what they do in it to gain more participants. They are also investigating whether the Peace Garden could be a potential gardening space to widen their impact around the school and the community. 

Students are helping each other to plant ―Photographed by Global.

Future plans for the two gardening groups include collaborating with more service groups, and according to Rose,  they are “going to be cooperating with the composting group Bokashi and utilize the food waste bins placed around the school for fertilizing the soil.” The Gardening Club will most likely set up a stall on International Day to sell vegetables and allow the parents to gain an insight into their group. The money earned by the stall will be used to purchase more seeds, so more vegetables can be grown.

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