school gardens


Remembering What Gardens Teach

"Environmentalism is not a specialty or a discipline like medicine or teaching or law. It's a way of seeing the world and recognizing that we are a part of the biosphere, dependent on nature--air, water, soil, photo-synthesis, biodiversity--for our health and well-being, and we need everyone to see the world through that lens." David Suzuki, Letters to my Grandchildren, 2015 On Saturday, May 13th, dozens of children, parents and grandparents joined Green Thumbs and award-winning author, Jon-Erik Lappano, to hear how the world changes when young Tokyo digs a ...

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An ECS student’s view

by Jajiba Chowdhury Green Thumbs' mission is "to work with urban children, youth and their families to learn about, grow and prepare fresh foods, cultivated in an environmentally sustainable manner, in hands-on programs." When I read this statement on the Green Thumbs website, I immediately knew where I wanted to complete my final internship as a fourth year student at Ryerson University in Early Childhood Studies. As a child, I was very engaged with the physical environment, from playing at the neighbourhood park to camping and fishing. These are my fondest childh...

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A double-double black magic kale, please!

Five-year-olds don't always want to eat their vegetables. But when they've spent time exploring a schoolyard garden and picking their own, eating vegetables is suddenly exciting. Call it a "Salad Celebration," and orders for a "double-double black magic kale" start rolling in. More than 160 children and parents a week enjoyed summer activities hosted by Green Thumbs this year at Winchester and Lord Dufferin Public Schools. Celebrating local food in our downtown eastside community meant trying new textures and flavours as part of learning how to identify edible plants ...

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Summer reflections

The children who came to Winchester Garden this past week have blown me away with their remarkable ability to absorb information and their willingness to learn.  A goal of mine working at Green Thumbs was to foster independence in these young children. They are at the age where they stop being spoon fed and the transition into this newfound independence can be challenging. Through this program, children learned to take initiative by understanding where food comes from and how to grow it on your own. For each program, we had set up three stations: a storytelling and ...

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Thanks to our awesome co-op students

In June, our co-op students Prushodhj Niranjan and Pantha Azmee finished up at GTGK. They were superstars! And we will miss them. Prushodhj and Pantha, both students in the Environmental Specialist High Skills Majors program at (school name), diligently took on a variety of tasks: leading workshops and teaching young children about vermicomposting, rebalancing and managing multiple composting sites; setting up and taking a leadership role in children's and youth garden programs; garden maintenance—building beds, repairing a composter, planting, watering and caring for ...

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July 19 Workshop – Learning Community Details/Flyer

  to see the full flyer click here: learning community

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Learning Community: Upcoming Workshop on School Food Garden Ecosystems

On Friday July 19, from 10 - 3, we'll host our very own training day. The theme is Learning Community: an Ecosystem Approach to School Food Gardens WHO: Teachers, Caretakers, Education Assistants, others (inquire) WHAT: School Food Garden Ecosystems  -- One-Day Workshop Explore hands-on activities, and take home elementary lesson plans linked to curriculum Learn about plants and compost; gardening tips specific to school gardens, Q&A Planning food for humans, food for butterflies: designing naturalized spaces and food gardens Gardens tour: Rose Ave. PS, ...

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Green Thumbs Growing Kids Announcements May 24, 2013

It's an exciting time for school gardens - please join us physically and metaphysically in our celebrations of a new season of growth and beauty! First up, today is May 24 -- The First Annual School Garden Day, brought to life by our collaboration with EcoSource and the Ontario Edible Education Network. There's a survey to fill out to help us all better understand school food gardens and gardeners, (as well as other children & youth food programs). Next week on Wednesday May 29 is the Fairmount Park Farmers' Market, adjacent to a school yard where a gardening project ...

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Whole Kids Foundation and FoodCorps sponsored Sprucecourt PS and Rose Ave. PS in 2012

We are very pleased to announce that the funding received by us on behalf of gardens at Sprucecourt PS and Rose Ave. PS was well spent this year. Over 800 people were directly served by this grant, in meaningful ways that promote urban agriculture, healthy eating, and learning about our environment. Rose Ave. PS At Rose Ave. PS, a new garden bed was built that is now in process of becoming a Hugelkultur bed. A Huge Wha-a-a-t? you ask? Hugelkultur uses wood, massive amounts, in a garden bed. What happens is that the wood fibers break down into cellulose, a porous mass ...

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