The Rotary Club of Courtenay is helping keep food literacy, healthy eating initiatives, education, and community connection alive at the Lake Trail Community School Garden. ​

The club has donated some money to help expand the Lake Trail Community Education Society’s community garden programs​

The garden supports the production of local foods for the 368 Lake Trail students who through the LTCES, receive a free, weekly nutritious meal that promotes garden-to-table literacy.

Rotary funds will provide interpretive signs and an outdoor message center to communicate with the public as well as program participants. It will also provide an additional composter, pop-up shelters, and table and chairs to offer shelter from sun, wind, and rain, and to increase program accessibility once programs are up and running again. ​

Lake Trail Community Middle School Coordinator Anna Rambow says the new additions will go a long way in letting people know what programs are available.

“The new outdoor kiosk and message center will allow us to effectively communicate with the neighborhood about our year-round, barrier-free education, recreation and social programs – including our Summer Sprouters early learning drop-in program, community potlucks and celebrations”, explains Rambow.

“These supports will be in place when we can welcome the community back to the garden”. ​

For more information about the Garden and current food security initiatives, visit www.LTCES.ca, or email [email protected] .