SPEC School Gardens Program
Food gardens at schools are where kids learn about how the sun, water and soil connect with plants, people and our planet.
What we do?
Our goal is simple: connect children to their food, to each other, to nature and to their community.
Started by SPEC volunteers in 2008, the SPEC School Gardens Program brings food gardens and food education to 8 schools in Vancouver.
School children learn about food security and how to grow their own organic fruits and veggies, while teachers learn to incorporate fun and thought provoking agricultural topics into their curriculum. Discussing food issues has proven to be a powerful way to engage children in various science, social studies, math, and health and nutrition topics already written into the BC curriculum.
School Gardens Program Coordinator
We have helped establish organic food gardens at Bayview Community School, General Brock Elementary, Henry Hudson Elementary School, Kitsilano Secondary School, L'Ecole Bilingue, Queen Elizabeth Elementary, Sir Wilfred Grenfell Community School, and Thunderbird Elementary.
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This project is primarily funded by SPEC donors, the Vancouver Foundation, Think & Eat Green @ School, Lululemon Athletica, and the BC Gaming Community Grant.
Testimonials & Thank-You Letters
Starting a School Garden
Looking to start an organic school food garden or new ideas for your existing project?
- SPEC's School Gardens Start Up Guide
NEW!! Consultations Available.SPEC now offers consultations for existing or planned school food gardens and orchards. The consultation consists of an on-site visit to discuss and determine best garden locations, aspect, water sources, planting schedule, best suited fruit and vegetable varieties, composting systems, materials sourcing, maintenance planning and funding sources. For existing gardens recommendations will be made for improvements and possible expansion. A follow-up written report will also be included. Fees are based on a sliding scale and funding might be available, though limited, to support lower income schools. Please contact us for more information.
- SPEC's School Gardens Curriculum Guide (coming soon)
As a sneak peek take a look at our Classroom Composter lesson
- Other resources:
- Are you ready to start a School Garden? Apply to be a SPEC School Gardens Program School by filling out the Application Form and submitting it to cagordon(at)telus.net. Current funding allows us provide the full program only to existing program schools but SPEC is able to conduct consultations and a limited number of lessons or activities to new qualifying schools. Facilitators may be able to provide advice and additional resources within Metro Vancouver upon request.