Farm to School BC Grant Facilitation Workshop at Vancouver School Board office, Thursday, February 11th.
Information and registration by email: vancouverregion@farmtoscho
Farm to Cafeteria Canada, Whole Kids Foundation, and Farm To School BC are working together to offer up to $10,000 for BC schools to build on your efforts to increase access to healthy local food for students through a salad bar program. In addition it will provide student opportunities for hands-on learning through gardening, cooking and preserving. The grant application deadline is March 15, 2016. This workshop will provide support and guidance for Vancouver elementary and secondary school staff who are interested in writing a proposal to pursue this grant opportunity. Interested schools are strongly encouraged to contact Ron Macdonald, Energy and Sustainability Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their application well in advance of submission.
Hastings Sunrise Cooks is a local community engagement project celebrating the neighbourhood’s food and drink, community spirit, and love for all things green. Recipes from local restaurants, cafes and delis, help tell the story of this eclectic neighbourhood, while members of the community share their inspiration for calling Hastings Sunrise home.
The project team, consisting of Garibaldi Annex parents and honorary members, are proud to not only share this collection of recipes and stories of their community, but also, that this book gives back in a big way.
Proceeds from the sale of the book go to help the kids of Garibaldi Annex be the best they can be, with partial funds going to our charity partner, the Community First Foundation. Through the support of their local food program, Backpack Buddies, you are helping to send school-aged kids-in-need home with nutritious meals to sustain them through the weekend, and giving them the chance to blossom.
When we dug our 11×17 garden in June 2011, we specifically chose a ground-level bed for better water retention in the dry summer months.
To date, we’ve set up a watering schedule for parent volunteers during July and August, which has worked well. We have a number of perennial herbs, which the kids love to smell and taste. The French Sorrel is a favourite!
Our focus so far has been on crops that mature in the spring, fall, and winter, so that they can better match up with the school year. We’ve planted winter crops such as leeks and winter sprouting broccoli, which have been successful, and allow students to see things growing throughout the year, and not just to come back to a magically lush garden each September.
The chief goal of our garden is to share the pleasures of being outdoors and growing & eating food with our students. Children love being outdoors, with their hands in the soil, looking at different kinds of bugs, and discovering that they can eat these growing things. When students are interested and motivated in the subject at hand, learning comes easy. We believe that the experience and skills that students gain from working in a garden stays with them, and causes them to respect their food and the Earth throughout their lives.
We find that students are willing to try just about anything that comes out of a garden. Children who would never eat green leaves, or a vegetable stir-fry, or leek-and-potato soup, are enthusiastic about trying them out in the classroom, when the foods came from “their” garden. We are also excited about getting immigrant families involved in the garden so that their elders can share knowledge and grow some of their traditional foods.