Let's take care of our land of plenty!

The Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group's (PCSDG) mission is to engage citizen participation towards the sustainability of Cocagne watershed communities
As part of the ecological landscaping program, the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group (PCSDG) helps to implement community nursery, gardening, composting and water recovery projects with students of École Blanche-Bourgeois.

Community Nursery
As part of the PCSDG's ecological landscaping program, students run a community nursery project on the school grounds. In 2011, Gary Schneider, director of the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project in PEI, visited the school to launch the community nursery project. The nursery project keeps on going with students replacing transplanted trees with a new series of indigenous species. The community nursery benefits students who learn about trees found in the Acadian Forest while funding school projects. In 2015, Grade 7 students sold more than $500 worth of native trees.

In October 2017, the PCSDG worked with 6th-grade students and their teacher Dorine Manuel as part of its School Tree Nursery project. Around fifteen 6th-grade students planted 200 trees : 40 balsam firs, 20 white pines, 45 black spruces, 85 red oaks and 20 yellow birches. Afterwards, they spread two bales of rye straw from the Fleur du pommier de Cocagne to protect the trees. Furthermore, the installation of new gardening bins, offered by the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) – Dieppe, was made. Students filled the bins with a soil and compost mix from Aubodon Organics of Moncton.  In 2018, Grade 5 and 6 students planted 60 trees - 15 red maple, 15 sugar maple, 15 red oak, and 15 hemlock - as part of the Branch Out program.

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In the fall of 2019 at the Blanche Bourgeois School of Cocagne, the PCSDG worked with around 60 students and three teachers from grades 6 to 8; as well as about 15 students in grades 3 and 4. The students planted 131 trees: 24 balsam fir, 22 white pines, 17 spruce, 25 red oaks and 37 red maple trees. The 131 trees planted will absorb around 1300 kg of CO2 per year. Planting activities are part of the Young Stewards for Sustainability project.

Vegetable Garden
Since 2011, the PCSGD assists with planning, maintaining and harvesting the vegetable garden located on the school yardFrom one year to the next, students from various grades help out in the garden. In the fall of 2015, students from Grade 2 seeded more than 50 garlic cloves. In 2017, grade 6 students planted beans and potatoes. They also assisted with the gardens at the Villa Côte d’Or. In 2018, Grade 6 students planted, watered and weeded in the vegetable garden. Grade 2 students harvested tomatoes, potatoes, squash, carrots, and bean seeds, and planted garlic in the fall.

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Composting
The PCSGD helped to develop a composting site at the Blanche-Bourgeois school, in order to promote the benefits of composting. The composting centre is actively used by Grade 5 students to compost organic waste from the kitchenClick here to see the video. In 2018, the grade 5 class continued to collect organic waste (vegetables) from the cafeteria kitchen. They started collecting organic waste from each class in the school.

Water Recovery
In 2012, students at the Blanche-Bourgeois school developed a system for recovering rainwater. With the help of a volunteer from the community, students installed 3 water barrels attached to the eaves of a shed located near the garden in the school yard. The barrels yield average water savings of 770 L during the agricultural season. A project report highlights how students better appreciate the importance of water conservation. Read the report (French only). Water from the barrels is used to irrigate the vegetable garden and the tree nursery.

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Acknowledgements

The project is made possible thanks to funding from Environment Canada's Eco Action Community Funding program, the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund and the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund. The PCSDG wishes to thank the New Brunswick Environmental Network and the South East New Brunswick Forest Products Marketing Board for the donation of trees, as well as the District scolaire francophone Sud for supporting the project.

Upcoming activities

July 11, 2020 - Butterfly plants to give away

9 to 11 a.m.
at the GDDPC office, 4585 route 134 in Cocagne
Do you want to help the Monarch butterfly? Plant some butterfly plants (swamp milkweed) in your flower bed!
Plants are free, but you can always make a donation.
Thanks for your help!

July 8, 2020 - Gardening workshop with Bernadette Goguen

6:30 p.m.
At the Cocagne community garden, 1789 route 535 in Cocagne
For more information: contact Mathieu Bastarache This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 899-1586.
Please Bring your chairs if you need one!
Come learn about various methods in gardening maintenance and tips for controlling pests. With Bernadette Goguen, CFM and gardener.
Please book with the GDDPC by July 7 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by tel. at 576-8247.
It's free! Donations can always be made to the garden.

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