Approximately 60 people took part in the inaugural Garlic Mustard Festival, held May 27 at Belfountain Conservation Area, removing more than 1,000 pounds of invasive garlic mustard.
The festival was organized by Grade 4, 5 and 6 students at Belfountain Public School under the guidance of Grade 4 teacher Janice Haines. The students organized the festival to educate neighbours and surrounding communities about the invasive garlic mustard plant and its negative impact on the local environment. After pulling garlic mustard in the morning, participants enjoyed some music, games, a guided hike and a garlic mustard cook-off after lunch.
The students did 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 was 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, worked 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.”