A group of children in the Village of Belfountain are organizing the first Garlic Mustard Festival on Sunday, May 27 at Belfountain Conservation Area.

The Grade 4, 5 and 6 students at Belfountain Public School are led by Grade 4 teacher Janice Haines. Their plan is to educate neighbours and surrounding communities about the invasive garlic mustard plant and its negative impact on the local environment.

The students have done everything from setting up a festival website and promoting the event, to designing a logo and T-shirts, and recruiting vendors and musicians. The event is supported by the Belfountain Community Organization (BCO), CVC and Eat Local Caledon. All three partners are in awe of what the students are accomplishing.

“The kids under Ms. Haines’ guidance, working so very hard at organizing this first festival, are doing a wonderful job,” says David Jobe of BCO. “We can be rest assured that as these youngsters grow up and contribute even more to society, the world will be a better place because of their action.”

Everyone is invited to attend the Garlic Mustard Festival. Come out and help pull garlic mustard in the morning, then enjoy some music, games, and even a garlic mustard cook-off after lunch. For more information please visit www.garlicmustardbusters.ca.

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