School Gardens Project
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Thanks to support from the Vancouver Foundation
, the SPEC School Gardens Project has now started eight organic school gardens in Metro Vancouver in the last four years!
These school gardens have educated school children, teachers, parents, administrators and the community about urban agriculture.
Through the program, 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.
Perhaps most importantly, this project strengthens students' connections to the environment and can make their school experience both meaningful and memorable.
This project is primarily funded by SPEC members and donors as well as the Vancouver Foundation.
Please consider supporting this project by making a donation
School Gardens Project Coordinator
We have helped establish organic food gardens at Bayview Community School, General Brock Elementary, Kitsilano Secondary School, L'Ecole Bilingue, Queen Elizabeth Elementary, Sir Wilfred Grenfell Community School, Thunderbird Elementary and Bodwell High School.
View SPEC School Gardens Projects in a larger map
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 Project 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.