Royal Bay secondary Grade 11 student Austin Silvester, right, and Grade 12 student Elizabeth Whittaker prepare the field for planting potatoes at Lohbrunner Community Farm Co-Operative in Langford. The plan is for the school’s culinary program students to help with the harvest in the fall. Rick Stiebel/NewsGazette

Royal Bay culinary students share planting duties at farm in Langford

Lohbrunner Farm offers hands-on way to teach public about food production

Rick Stiebel

News Gazette staff

Royal Bay secondary students will have to patiently wait for autumn harvest to see the results of of the effort they put in last Friday.

About 50 students in the school’s culinary arts program got down and dirty at the Lohbrunner Community Farm Co-operative, planting potatoes that will be used by the aspiring culinary artists.

The plan is to get the students to return in the fall to help with the harvest, said volunteer and farm co-operative member, Joan Varley.

“That way they’ll be involved with planting and getting to see the fruits of their labours,” she said.

The planting event with the students was part of the farm’s community outreach. Several recent open houses there saw participants encouraged to take tours and assist with weeding and planting.

“We want to connect the community with farming and where their food comes from and give them a sense of what goes on at a farm,” Varley said.