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Their Farmers' and Artisans market was set up nicely outside the Brighouse Library last Tuesday to help raise funds for some local charities, and these students put on quite the show. The students from Qulichena elementary school, along with incredible help from the Terra Nova Nature School and with the assistance of the City of Richmond ran a very successful event.

Preparing for the market day, the students from grades 3-7 where divided into groups and selected their own seeds for what they wanted to grow. They then went on to develop their own business identities and marketing plans prior to taking part and selling their goods at the market.

The thought was to build on the school garden idea and develop more of a connection with the community. The students have been thoughtful about how they can take the money they earn at the market and hopefully have an impact locally.

The students researched numerous local charities to see which ones they wanted to support and went on to develop their businesses around the selections, adopting names and mottos in keeping with their charities.

The students have also expanded from just growing vegetables to making products such as rock art and painted canvasses, with each creation designed to promote a message of change.

To help extend the market's reach into the community, the school included assistance from the students 'Grand-Pals' from nearby Gilmore Gardens Seniors' Residence.  Many of its residents have been helping the students work on their products over the course of the year and attended the market for support. And of course from the other end of the age spectrum where the youngsters from the Terra Nova Outdoor Preschool whose presence was so fitting. Another nice Richmond community event to be proud of!

Quilchena market

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