Niagara College students volunteered to work as Sustainability Ambassadors at today’s Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration at the Welland campus. From left, Michelle Fowler, Sadiyya Sultana and Assali Essozinam, three Sustainability Ambassadors, put shovels in the ground to dig a hole for a tamarack tree.
Just some of the trees planted today, on a site near the Safety Village.
Ed Borczon from Barrie, front left, a representative of Trees Canada, took part in a ceremonial tree planting with college sustainability staff, ambassadors, and community members. Trees Canada provided funding for trees planted as part of a biodiversity project at the campus.
Chart shows trees being planted for the Edible Orchard project, which will provide fruit for community outreaches like food banks. Apple trees, pear trees and sour cherry trees are being planted in the first phase and next year, sweet cherries and a variety of fruit shrubs will be added. The edible orchard will also be used as a “living laboratory” for college, elementary and secondary school students.
Fruit trees are being trained to grow horizontally, as shown above, rather than vertically. One of the reasons is so that ladders will not needed in harvesting the fruit. Today’s event was funded by a $3,520 grant the college received in March from the Niagara Community Foundation – a charitable organization that aims to improve the quality of life in Niagara through philanthropy (All photos by Joe Barkovich)