Success Stories

  • Farm to School BC Stories from the Field

    BC schools share their stories about increasing students' access to fresh, local food through the Farm to School program.

  • Action Schools! BC Helps Students to Make Healthy Choices

    Read stories from schools that are using Action Schools! BC programs to integrate healthy living into the fabric of their school community.

  • 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.

  • Tamanawis Foods Class—A greenhouse project

    Our Foods 9/10 class will be learning how to grow food from seed to plant which we will then use in recipes in the kitchen. We have a beautiful greenhouse available at our school here at Tamanawis. Follow the story on the Tamanawis blog.

  • School Garden Success Story: North Peace Secondary School, Fort St John

    Think you can't garden in the north during the school year? Think again! Students in the Enviro Club at North Peace Secondary School successfully grow salad greens in their rooftop greenhouse to supply the cafeteria salad bar. They also raise a variety of vegetables to sell as starters. Read this success story to find out more about this unique school garden.

  • School Garden Success Story: Terra Nova School Gardens, Richmond

    The Terra Nova Schoolyard Society is a non-profit urban agriculture project for elementary school children located in Richmond, British Columbia. The City of Richmond generously provides 5,000 square feet of growing space. Currently, four elementary schools are involved in this garden, which has been in operation since 2006. Tours of this garden can be arranged for Pro-D days by contacting Ian Lai, consultant and Chef Instructor.

  • School Garden Success Story: Windermere High School, Vancouver

    Community support, cross-grade interaction, and a growing awareness of the importance of food choices and eating habits are all ingredients for the success of Windermere's school garden. Over the years, the garden has grown to include a greenhouse, 13 raised beds, aquaponics, Mason bees, solar panels, and Earth Tub industrial composter. Windermere still has ideas for growth! Read more about what they're up to in this story.

  • School Garden Success Story: Robert Ogilvie Elementary School, Fort St John

    A school garden can be as simple as a row of recycled tires! The tires, painted white, provide a nice edging to the school grounds of this northern elementary, while providing additional warmth for the young salad greens growing within. What a simple solution to school gardening! Take a peak at how this looks.

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