Growing food to grow people

Eat School Grown produce

"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 great, 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

Let us build your next garden! We know a thing or two about raised beds and can help you grow.

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

Orlando Martín López Gómez
Community Food Growing Senior Manager
647.785.3561 x203

Program Lead

Orlando Martín López Gómez // Community Food Growing Senior Manager

Orlando oversees FoodShare's food growing projects across the city - turning under utilized schoolyards, hydro corridors, and parks into vibrant and productive urban farms and community gardens. Orlando is passionate about food justice, and community leadership, and provides lots of resources and support for communities to design, implement, and run their own growing and composting projects. He is a trained...see full bio