Growing Kids imagines schools as much more than the 4 walls of a classroom. We work with 10-12 schools in the Vancouver School Board every year to offer a free service that provides:
- experiential workshop delivery in classrooms from K-12
- garden expertise and consultation
- plants, seeds, soil, tools, and human energy
- community engagement
- garden sustainability planning
- professional development opportunities
- support for student lead garden clubs
- curriculum support and development
Food gardens and green spaces on school grounds provide powerful lessons about natural and human created systems. Healthy garden ecologies support an understanding of reciprocity, stewardship, balance and harmony. Outdoor learning grounds provide students with opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom to the realities that shape their community. The circular journey a school grown salad takes from seed, to food, to soil serves as a metaphor for another way of knowing the world, one that is based upon ecological, integrated cycles rather than linear, isolated throughputs.
Check out the Growing Kids blog for updates on school projects, garden clubs, inspiring stories and more!
For more information about our program please contact the Growing Kids Program Coordinators: Alaina Thebault - firstname.lastname@example.org and Claire Broughton - email@example.com
Video: What's a "delicious revolution"? Edible Schoolyard founder Alice Waters talks about the value of garden and kitchen experiences in transforming students' relationship to food and ultimately, themselves. Visit http://nourishlife.org.