School Garden Mentorship Program

You’re invited to participate in our School Garden Mentorship program! 

From January to October 2022, Farm to School BC is offering a free mentorship program for K-12 educators in BC who are in the initial stages of creating a school garden or are revitalizing an existing school garden. 

Using a Train the Trainer model, this mentorship program will provide valuable skills for school-based coordination that supports both the development of a robust school garden community and tips for garden maintenance.

This program includes monthly after-school online workshops facilitated by Farm to School BC staff who have a wealth of experience supporting school gardens. Each workshop is designed to build off previous workshops, however, participants can sign up for as many sessions as they like. See the list of workshops below.

Each workshop will include the following components:

  • An educational presentation by Farm to School BC staff
  • Regional breakout rooms for discussion and reflection
  • Project planning resources to support your school garden team, accessible through a member portal
  • Profile of an inspiring school garden
  • An activity you can do with your class in the garden

Join an online community

Along with monthly workshops, educators are invited to join our online school garden discussion group. This online community will be a place to network, share resources, ask questions, and celebrate successes with other educators across BC interested in school gardens.

Join the online community


Stay up to date

Join our mailing list to receive updates about the School Garden Mentorship Program including upcoming webinars and resources.

Stay up to date


Workshops

Click on each of the workshops below to register and save your spot for each session!


Establishing a School Garden Culture
When: Tuesday, January 18
Time: 3:15-4:30 PM

  • How to create a garden committee
  • Setting goals together
  • Defining roles of your team
  • The benefits of community buy-in
  • Tips on sharing your successes

Sign-up here!


Designing Your School Garden
When: Tuesday, February 15
Time: 3:15-4:30 PM

  • Garden Design for success and inspiration
  • Crop planning tools
  • Purchasing materials on a budget
  • How to engage your class with the garden

Sign-up here!

 


Classroom Growing and Spring Planting
When: Tuesday, March 8
Time: 3:15-4:30 PM

  • Early spring planting tips
  • Starting seedlings and building a grow station in your classroom
  • Garden beds construction, greenhouses, and other infrastructure
  • Considering perennials in your garden
  • Fundraising with seedlings

Sign-up here!


Building and Preparing the Garden
When: Tuesday, April 19
Time: 3:15-4:30 PM

  • Building and installing garden beds
  • Planning your seeding schedule
  • Develop a harvest schedule
  • Using tools in the garden – best practices and maintenance

Sign-up here!

 


Outdoor Planting and Volunteer Management
When: Tuesday, May 17
Time: 3:15-4:30 PM

  • Spring planting outdoors
  • Engaging volunteers for summer maintenance
  • Hosting a garden tour
  • Signage in the garden
  • Deterring theft and vandalism

Sign-up here!


Summer Maintenance and Long-Term Sustainability
When: Tuesday, June 7
Time: 3:15-4:30 PM

  • Summer Maintenance Guide
  • Supporting the program through staff turnover
  • Planning for the next school year
  • Team reflection – assessing your process

Sign-up here!

 


Harvesting and Seed Saving
When: Tuesday, September 20
Time: 3:15-4:30 PM

  • Harvesting tips 
  • Seed saving with students
  • Hosting a harvest party
  • Harvest recipes
  • Celebrating and sharing your success

Sign-up here!


Winterizing Your Garden and Planning
When: Tuesday, October 18
Time: 3:15-4:30 PM

  • Four-season gardening options
  • Winterizing your garden
  • Grant reporting and season reflection
  • Fundraising

Sign-up here!

 


School Garden Support Resources