We engaged 13 youth from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, in partnership with Wiikwemkoong Economic Development Commission and Wiiikwemkoong Board of Education, in a summer paid employment education program where they worked alongside the local housing department to construct a four-season greenhouse for their community while earning high school credits.
We employed 8 youth from Wiikwemkoong as Greenhouse to work in the greenhouse constructed in 2018. They were trained on greenhouse operations and maintenance, traditional plants and medicines, and developed new skills growing vegetables for their community members and building raised gardens in the community.
The Greenhouse Technicians participated in a summer entrepreneurship program where they learned about starting a business, communications and marketing, and developed their very own business plan.
The greenhouse is being used by the local high school’s Green Technology class to continue the important work of providing fresh food to community members and teaching about food sovereignty.