This Saturday morning, February 25, from 9:00 am to noon, the Amy Roberts Primary School Garden Club will hold a fundraising bake sale at Green Turtle Cay’s basketball court. Along with sweets and treats, they hope to also sell locally grown herbs such as basil and cilantro.
Located at the teacher’s residence behind the fire hall opposite the school, the garden is the brainchild of Ashrica Gardener, herself a former Amy Roberts Primary pupil. “Growing up and going to Amy Roberts was awesome,” she says. “There was so much for us to do.”
With fewer extracurricular activities available to the cay’s kids these days, Ashrica decided to start the garden club. “It’s fun,” she says, “and kids love being able to see things grow, and feel accomplished when they know they had a hand in it.”
Ashrica says that the club, which meets after school Monday and Thursday afternoons, will also teach students about entrepreneurship, since they ultimately plan to sell starter plants and fresh produce to benefit the school.
Thanks to support from members of the community and visitors to the cay, the club has received donations of gloves, seeds, tools and other supplies. They’ve also reclaimed, reused and recycled materials from the local dump.
As their seedlings have grown, so has the interest of the kids and the garden club continues to expand. “We just created a small compost bin and BEC [the local electric company] is going to donate a 55-gallon drum so that we can make a turning compost,” says Ashrica. Plans are also in the works to build a chicken coop, about which the kids are very excited.
Funds raised at Saturday’s bake sale will be used to purchase soil, which Ashrica says is currently their biggest expense, since the earth around the school isn’t great. The money will also be spent on supplies for the new chicken coop.
For more information about the garden club or to contribute money or supplies, contact Ashrica at email@example.com (be sure to put Garden Club in the subject line) or call her at (242) 559-8415.
P.S. With the weather having been so dry in recent weeks, the club could use a hand with daily watering of the garden. If you’d like to help, let Ashrica know.