Start-up Grant Series

In the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school year, a series of schools who received Farm to School BC Start-Up Grants were asked to write a short story describing their process to date in building their Farm to School programs. The stories below are a reflection of the creativity, ingenuity and hard work of schools across the province in building Farm to School programs that work for their school and their community. No one size fits all, enjoy!

Food Forest Garden at Parkway Elementary

olunteers help Parkway Elementary students plant the Food Forest Garden.

Parkway Proud! Here at Parkway Elementary we are proud of our students, teachers, parents and community. Everyone has pulled together to make our garden a success. Students have learned about plant life cycles, how to plant seeds, transplant them to the garden and how to care for them. With the advice of Ryan Foster, Food Foresters […]

Sowing Love: St. Francis of Assisi School Starts A School Garden

Two years ago, a vision was hatched for a new program at my daughter’s school. It was to begin agricultural programming that would transform the community into a learning space about local food systems. St. Francis of Assisi School was the perfect location to begin such a program because it stood as a lone concrete […]

Fresh Starts

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh, “What do you say, Piglet?” “I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today,” said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully.  “It’s the same thing.” A. A. Milne It is our first year […]

On Growing Green and Blender Bikes

Our Little/Big Idea We wanted to create a garden at Yarrow Community School. The idea was to help students and families know the importance (and the joys!) of eating and growing fresh, local, organic food, for their health, and the health of the planet. We wanted our garden to be an inviting, accessible growing space […]