A proud partnership with Edmonton's Food Bank continues to blossom at Fort Edmonton Park. The Fort Garden was visited by students from Buffalo Head Prairie School in La Crete, Alberta to plant over 227 kg of seed potatoes. The Little Potato Company generously donated these potatoes for the planting.
Wendy Morris, Assistant Principal at Buffalo Head Prairie School says their school has a large focus on citizenship in order to help their students in the adult world. The students are encouraged to get involved in the local community and by grade 9, they have a chance to explore other areas in the province, including Edmonton.
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Potato Planting in the Fort Garden
Over $160 million through government funding and fundraising has gone to an enhancement of the Park. That will include all new utilities throughout the site such as a new entrance way, hotel and midway expansion, and a new Indigenous Peoples experience. The Park will reopen in 2021.
By using the soil to plant and grow these seed potatoes, Fort Edmonton Park is excited to use their land, volunteers and visitors who come in to help with the gardens. There are 26 gardens at the park and the Fort Garden is the biggest. This garden in particular tells the story of all the food including potatoes and squash that were grown to sustain fur traders throughout the winter.