Growing food to grow people

Eat School Grown produce

School Grown youth employed in 2016


lbs of food harvested from School Grown gardens to date


dollars paid out in youth wages to date

"Working with FoodShare helped me push past self doubt and learn that real leaders have to support people to be cooperative. I've had the pleasure of working with handfuls of people during my time with FoodShare and that chance helped me see that teamwork creates a happy and functional workplace." - Jordan, one of our School Grown growers.

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:

Our staff works with the TDSB, school staff and students in garden planting, care, harvesting, cooking and markets.


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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School Grown

Take a deeper look at the food justice movement through FoodShare's School Grown program — a schoolyard farming project that employs students in running urban market gardens, while transforming the way young people think about food.

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Contact Orlando Martín López Gómez if you have any question about this program.

Orlando Martín López Gómez
Urban Agriculture Manager
647.785.3561 x403

Program Lead

Orlando Martín López Gómez // Urban Agriculture Manager

Orlando's initiative and leadership has been demonstrated in incredible management of the mid-sized composting facilitates, managing double the compost, increased our vermicompost bins, coordination of the  quadrupled numbers of volunteers onsite since he started.  He has put in place reporting systems, coordinated a compost animation project, working with the Toronto Compost Leaders to build nine compost systems in 2015, and...see full bio