FoodShare’s School Grown, a schoolyard farming project, grows vegetables and fruits on school rooftops and lawns to create student employment. With urban farming, Field to Table Schools 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 dirt 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.
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