Arbor Day 2015

Edible Orchard display
Edible Orchard display

Niagara College’s inaugural Earth Arbor Day celebration proved to be a great success! Along with sunshine and perfect weather, the Earth Day event hosted by Niagara College’s Office of Sustainability was well-attended by Niagara College students and staff, in addition to members of the local community.

Niagara Community Foundation generously donated funding through their 2014 Environmental Grants program to Niagara College to host the event. Niagara College gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Niagara Community Foundation, which is a public foundation serving the people of Niagara. The Foundation builds permanently endowed charitable funds for the changing need and opportunities of the community and provides grants to eligible charitable organizations in culture, health, education, environment, recreation and social service sectors.

More than ten large trees and small seedlings were planted on the Welland Campus throughout the day, which not only adds greenery and shade to the property, but will eventually help serve as a wind break for the Edible Orchard soon to be planted at the college.

The Edible Orchard has been made possibly with the help of Tree Canada, through their Edible Trees program, with the support of Loblaw, Silk, and TELUS, will see fruit trees planted on the southwest   portion of the campus that will provide food for local food banks and act as a living laboratory for college, elementary and secondary school students. Ed Borczon from Tree Canada attended the Earth and Arbor Day celebration to conduct the official groundbreaking for the orchard.

Some of the other event features included:

  • Fly Fishing Demonstrations hosted by Trout Unlimited,
  • Building a Bird Seed Feeder and Starting a Bean Garden hosted by Sustainably Ours,
  • Vermiculture & Composting Display for gardening enthusiasts
  • Native Wildflower Seeds Display for those interested in planting native species
  • Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority informational display and
  • The Re-Picasso Art Competition, hosted by Enactus Niagara College

Niagara College’s Office of Sustainability would like to thank all of our sponsors, vendors and community partners, as well as the Sustainability Ambassadors, staff and community members who attended the event.

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