school gardens


Urban Trees From Seed

We started a fantastic new project this year, thanks to funding from the Gosling Foundation and from Landscape Ontario. The goals of the project are: To engage elementary students in growing native trees from seed on their school grounds, connected to science curriculum and other subject areas To develop a community of practice within school communities sharing knowledge and resources on native tree establishment and care To disseminate locally grown native tree seedlings from local seed sources back into the community To include and enhance student awareness ...

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Indigenous Land Stewardship Workshops

by Chimu Titi This fall Green Thumbs was afforded the opportunity through a generous grant from LUSH Cosmetics’ Charity Pot program, to bring Indigenous garden knowledge to three of our schools during school hours and one afterschool program for parents and children. The 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action recommends that educators (among others): Make age-appropriate curriculum on residential schools, Treaties, and Aboriginal peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada a mandatory education requirement for Kindergarten ...

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Cook & Grow, fall 2017

Green Thumbs is offering a new after-school program in two schools this fall, thanks to Seed funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The program engages children from grades 3-6 in cooking in their school kitchen, with produce from the school garden and beyond. Children are organized into two groups, and they switch halfway through the 2-hour program, giving every child a chance to do the activities in the garden and the kitchen. Natalie Meyers, one of the animators of this exciting new program working at Nelson Mandela Park PS shares this: “We had a wonderful ...

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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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