Featured Section - In The Garden
Take Action In the Garden
- School Food Gardens—Challenges, barriers and how to overcome them
- Challenges such as what to do with a school garden during the summer months and how to prevent vandalism are common to most schools. Don't let these situations prevent you from gardening! Find out how schools in BC manage these situations and keep up the enthusiasm for school gardens.
- Growing Schools
- LifeCycles offers workshops to schools in the Greater Victoria Region to learn about soil preparation, seed propogation, outdoor planting and putting the garden to bed for the winter.
- School Year Gardens
- Check out this toolkit for high schools to grow foods from September to June.
- Creating an Outdoor Classroom
- This resource manual for how to run a school garden includes how-to's, lesson plans and curriculum links. From Project LifeCycles in Victoria ($20).
- How to grow vegetables
- From Asparagus to Zucchini, here's West Coast Seeds' guide on how to grow and harvest vegetables from seed.
- School Food Gardens—Benefits to Students
- There is growing interest around the world for using gardens as a hands-on learning opportunity that can be integrated into a wide-range of subject areas. Studies of food-producing gardens in schools cite many benefits.
- Garden Program in Australia Shows Positive Health Behaviour Change
- Both, teachers and parents have noticed positive health behaviour changes in children that have been involved with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program in Australia.
- Gardening Boosts Numeracy, Literacy and Makes Children Happy, Healthy
- The Royal Horticulture Society in the UK commissioned a study of 1300 teachers and 10 schools. They found the children in schools that encouraged gardening became more resilient, confident and lived healthier lives. The RHS says school gardening should be used as a key teaching tool, rather than as an extra-curricular activity.
- Vancouver Board of Education Food Garden Policy
- The Vancouver Board of Education encourages and supports the development of school food gardens. The School Board first adopted a Food Garden Policy and a Garden Process in February 2010. It has since been revised (October 2011) to reflect the lessons learned during the first year of its use.
This document includes the full policy statement and outlines a process for schools to follow for establishing food producing gardens, using the garden produce and composting plant waste. Many of the steps will be relevant to other schools working towards establishing their own food-producing gardens.
Garden Success Stories
- School Garden Success Stories
- Starting a school garden or looking for ways to improve your existing one? Check out some of these great success stories. Read about how schools have funded their garden projects, problem solved and increased community involvement using various strategies.
- Community Greenhouse in Invermere
- Groundswell Network Society in Invermere has been operating community gardens since 2000 and recognized that summer gardens weren’t the ideal way to serve schools. Groundswell and David Thompson Secondary School formed a project team in 2006 and collaborated on the idea of creating a Community Greenhouse, extending the growing season, including the broader community and creating a place where students could actively participate in growing, tending and harvesting the plants for use in salads they make in the school cafeteria. Refuse is then used as compost for the greenhouse, completing the cycle.
- Edible School Grounds Workshop Leads to School Garden Network
- Kootenay Lake School District hosted a workshop on Edible School Grounds that brought together over 50 people to explore the successes and challenges of school gardens. Word about their good work is spreading as interest in the network now extends beyond their school district to other Interior schools.