FoodShare’s School Grown, a schoolyard farming project, grows vegetables and fruits on school rooftops and lawns to create student employment. With urban farming, School Grown is closing the loop on food literacy from how young people eat, grow and learn.
Getting students involved in seeding, weeding, harvesting and running their own markets is vital for nurturing deep bonds between youth and food. Reading a textbook is fine, but little compares to getting soil on your hands and the first harvest of the season.
School Grown Farms:
- Bendale BTI: Launched in 2010, the 1/4 acre market garden showed how quickly a school food garden can connect with classes. Students study horticulture, while seeding and weeding. They harvest and cook with garden grown produce within days! From the baking class to the business class, students have found a way to weave food and the garden into their learning.
- Eastdale CI: The 1/2 acre rooftop garden used to be a set of tennis courts. Now it’s an education centre, market garden and event space. We’ve maximized growing potential with available space using densely planted market crops, modular garden beds and fruiting perennials.
- Heydon Park SS: In 2016 we turned the unused vacant tennis court in the back of Heydon Park SS into a lush garden. The cafeteria window look directly onto the garden space so students get to look out the window at the crops growing while enjoying the fruits of their harvest in the school’s salad bar program.
Our staff works with the TDSB, school staff and students in garden planting, care, harvesting, cooking and markets.
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Lessons learned in School Grown - a webinar series
Buy School Grown produce at these farmers markets. All proceeds fund FoodShare's work in schools:
Bloor Borden Farmers Market
East Lynn Farmers Market
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