Students from Dr. Brass and St. Paul's Schools took part in the fall half of a 'Pizza Farm' project. The project began in the spring when James Richardson International provided the land for the pizza farm, a piece of land laid out in a circular pattern with 10 slices, each growing something farmers produce as ingredients used in making a pizza.
The 'slices' included four pieces which were planted to show the importance of technology to production. Wheat and canola were seeded with modern equipment, inoculants and fertilizer, and next to each a slice was simply planted by broadcasting seeds by hand.
Other 'slices' included garlic, with the local Garlic Garden on hand to help educate students, and to give them a taste of fresh garlic. Onions were planted in a sixth slice, basil and oregano in the seventh and tomatoes and peppers in the eighth. The last two slices were reserved as pasture for a dairy cow, producer of milk for cheese, and hogs, as the source of ham and bacon. Ducks Unlimited and the Assiniboine Watershed Authority both took part to explain that they work with farmers, but also care about protecting water and the environment.
Last week students returned to the field to see the crops, and then went back to their schools where they made pizza.