CAN (QC): School greenhouse initiative combines theory and practice

West Island College’s (WIC) 40-foot x 65-foot greenhouse aims to revolutionize the student experience by cultivating green minds and empowering young changemakers to shape a more sustainable future. While academics remain at the forefront, true growth comes from embracing the diversity of students’ interests and providing them with opportunities to explore and unleash their potential.

Under the guidance of WIC greenhouse guru Tim Kruchkowski of GreenprintsYYC, students have embarked on a transformative journey that combines theoretical learning with practical applications.

“In the newly installed WIC greenhouse, students are not just learning about plants and growing, they are fostering their understanding of sustainability and food development in their own backyard,” says Kruchowski. “It has been incredible to witness their enthusiasm as they gain an understanding of the process of seed to the table firsthand. It has been a real pleasure to witness the journey students take as they see seeds turn to sprouts, from sprouts to food-bearing plants, with the excitement of the harvest at the end. The greenhouse not only teaches kids about growing their own food but helps them develop the tools to potentially reshape the future of our planet.”

The greenhouse boasts three hydroponic growing systems, a wide array of squash plants, and an elaborate tomato growing system, all of which are a testament to the dedication and hard work of the students involved. This unique space is a melting pot of ideas, a place where young minds collaborate, innovate, and discover the joy of nurturing life.


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