Grow Strong!

The Grow Strong! Program of TWC is a program with several parts:



Starvin' Marvin  is the school composting project.  Sixth graders compost school lunch scraps, office paper and sawdust from the school shop.




Marvin's Garden is next to Marvin.  Each May, sixth graders plant vegetables for the school cafeteria for the next school year.  the following fall, they harvest their produce and sell it to the school.  Proceeds help pay for the Grow Strong! project.


Fish to School:  TWC has helped facilitate connections between local fishermen and food producers to supply fish and locally produced Birch Boy syrups to the school.



Garden Gate to School Plate:  Local gardeners are encouraged to grow produce to sell to the school.  TWC facillitates the connection between the gardeners and the school.  For details, see below.

Permaculture and The Science of Gardening:  These classes are offered to the community, and to high school students for credit.  Participants learn the principles of permaculture, and design and maintain a permaculture demonstration garden at Marvin's Garden.


Purpose: This program is intended to encourage community gardeners to supply the school cafeteria with locally grown produce that can be used in the school lunch program. Gardeners will receive market value for their produce (minus 10% for administration and facilitation by Takshanuk Watershed Council).

What can the school buy from you?

Unprocessed foods:  Fruits and veggies that are in their natural state and may have undergone minimal processing like rinsing, trimming of unnecessary parts, or separating greens from the roots. Preferably grown without pesticides.

What the school can NOT buy from you?

Processed Fruits and Veggies: Our definition of processing means to thaw, butcher, cut, slice, portion, grind, extract, cook, bake, cool, freeze, or package.  Some examples of a raw processed food would be cut veggies, chopped lettuce, milled grain.  Raw also implies that it is not cooked or has undergone any kind of process, like it is in its natural state.

When would we accept deliveries?

Deliveries will be accepted at the Starvin’ Marvin greenhouse Mondays from 4-6pm and Tuesdays from 9am to noon. We encourage people to carpool their produce to the greenhouse if possible.  

What are the school produce needs?

  • Weekly
    • Green Leaf/ Romaine Lettuce: 12#/week
    • Broccoli: 27#/week
    • Carrots: 25#/week
    • Celery: 30#/week
    • Cucumbers: 20 ea./week (6-8” used for estimation)
    • Cauliflower: 4#/week
    • Tomatoes: 30 ea./week
    • Onions: 3#/week
    • Berries:  up to 30#/week
  • Monthly
    • Potato, Russet: 60#/month (8 oz./potato used for estimation)
    • Cabbage: 10#/month

What else is the school buying to support Haines by buying local foods?

Salmon Fillets to become teriyaki salmon fillets, Halibut to become fish tacos, Smoked Salmon to become a bagel topper and smoked salmon alfredo, Shelled Crab to become crab cakes, Birch Boy Syrups to top pancakes and waffles

 When does this begin?

This program will begin once school has started in August and will run until the harvests are complete (October)

Questions/Comments or to sign up, please contact Meredith Pochardt at 766-3542 or

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