Winchester Public School

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Kids collecting bounty in the Winchester School Garden

Our longest-running school food garden is at Winchester Public School. Started in 2001, it’s an unusually large school garden and for this reason has become a destination for many visiting school groups, workshops and presentations as well as a food-producing garden feeding the 400 kindergarten to Grade 8 students.

Students plant and harvest both formally as part of class time with specific curriculum objectives, and informally through the Garden Club, which operates one day per week throughout the school year during lunch recess. Vegetables and fruits go into the hot lunch program at the school and the food waste goes back into the outdoor compost bins.

Summer programs in the school garden are also offered to local camps and day cares, and families through evening garden drop-ins. Youth are hired and trained to garden, design and implement programs. This keeps the garden maintained and the produce flowing to local families in need throughout summer.