Growing Up Organic

June 26, 2013 at 10:18 am Leave a comment

Are you interested in seeing an organic vegetable garden established at a school in your neighbourhood?

Growing Up Organic, a program of the Ottawa–St. Lawrence–Outaouais Chapter of Canadian Organic Growers, has expanded to SDG and can help! Growing Up Organic (GUO) has already supported the development of 31 school garden programs in the Ottawa area. In partnership with All Things Food and with a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Growing Up Organic is now able to support SDG schools that want to explore the unique learning possibilities associated with having a vegetable garden on school grounds.

Where do you come in?

The Growing Up Organic team needs your help to ensure school communities know that the program is expanding to SDG and that the GUO team can support the development of edible school gardens through:

  • Free consultations with school teams considering adding an organic vegetable garden to their school.
  • Curriculum-connected garden-based workshops: Spring and fall garden-based workshops, delivered by GUO staff, each connected to grade specific curriculum expectations and necessary garden tasks such as starting seedlings and transplanting.
  • Ongoing support for connecting the garden to the classroom. For example, workshop material and connection to a network of others working towards enhancing garden-based education and getting healthy food into schools.

In addition to the school vegetable garden program, GUO in SDG will support the facilitation of farm field trips and follow-up cooking workshops, beginning in the fall of 2013. Interested teachers, parents, or community members can contact the SDG Project Coordinator, Hazel Nicholls, for more information and to discuss getting started with a vegetable garden or farm visit!

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