Growing food to grow people

Eat School Grown produce
30

School Grown youth employed in 2017

0

lbs of food harvested from School Grown gardens to date

0

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.

Resources

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.

Let us help you

Contact Lou Boileau if you have any question about this program.

Lou Boileau
School Grown Coordinator
lou@foodshare.net
647.207.9376

Program Lead

Lou Boileau // School Grown Coordinator

Lou has worked in community organizing, youth-run initiatives and non-profit sector in the areas of queer and trans advocacy, community education, Indigenous lead organizing and anti-racism. Lou is also a facilitator providing trainings in combatting anti-blackness, queer & trans advocacy, conflict resolution, crisis intervention and de-escalation for youth, organizations, service providers and activist spaces. Lou grew up on Ojibwe territory...see full bio