School Garden Mentorship Program

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


From January to October 2023, 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. 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 a series of monthly after-school online workshops, facilitated discussion groups and the opportunity to join a supportive cohort of school garden educators from across the province.

About the Workshops

This program includes monthly after-school online workshops on Tuesdays facilitated by Farm to School BC staff who have a wealth of experience supporting school gardens. The workshops are targeted to discuss seasonal garden tasks and prepare participants for the month ahead in the garden (although specific timing of garden tasks will vary depending on your growing climate). Each workshop is designed to build off previous workshops, however, participants are encouraged to read the workshop descriptions and 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
  • Project planning resources to support your school garden team
  • Profile of an inspiring school garden or a guest speaker

For those that attended last year, you might find some content is repeated, though it has been updated and may happen earlier than in 2022.

Sign up here for the workshops!

About the Discussion Groups

In the week following the webinar, Farm to School BC staff will host a facilitated discussion group offering the opportunity to dive deeper into topics that emerged during the webinar. The discussion groups are an opportunity to learn from other educators, network, share resources, ask questions, and celebrate successes. The discussion groups are open to new and seasoned school gardeners, and attendance at the webinar is not a prerequisite for joining the discussion groups.

Sign up here for the discussion groups!

Join an online community

Along with monthly workshops, educators are invited to join our online school garden listserv. Stay up to date with the mentorship program and share resources and ideas with other educators across BC!

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Register for individual or several sessions at once on the sign-up form on Eventbrite. Note that workshops and discussion groups have separate sign-up forms.

Establishing a School Garden Culture
A garden committee contributes to a positive culture around the school garden, which reduces burnout, leads to a more sustainable garden, and helps build the school garden movement across the school district.

When: Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

  • Build a garden committee with clear goals
  • Define roles of your team
  • Consider school district policies
  • Explore types of school gardens 


Discussion Group

When: Thursday, February 2, 2023
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

Topic: Garden committee and navigating school policies

Designing Your School Garden and Crop Planning
School gardens vary widely in their designs, and should be thoughtfully designed to align with how students will use them. Plan what crops to grow and when to plant them.

When: Tuesday, February 14
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

  • Guest speaker: Megan Zeni
  • Select plants to align with garden’s goals
  • Garden design: learn about garden location, bed shape, fencing, irrigation, pathways, accessibility, and more
  • Engage your class with garden design
  • How to choose what crops to grow and when and how to plant them (crop planning)


Discussion Group

When: Thursday, February 23
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

Topic: School garden examples and types

Classroom Growing and Building the Garden
When: Tuesday, March 7
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

  • Grow seeds in the classroom
  • How to build a grow station
  • Build and install garden beds
  • How to get help from your community


Discussion Group

When: Thursday, March 16
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

Topic: Growing indoors, garden building tips, and community engagement

Outdoor Planting
When: Tuesday, April 4
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

  • Plant with your class using Crop Cards
  • Scaffolding gardening skills for students
  • Deter vandalism with signage
  • Season extension and early Spring planting


Discussion Group

When: Thursday, April 13
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

Topic: Early planting tips by regional groups

Summer Maintenance and Volunteer Management
When: Tuesday, May 9
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

  • Summer Maintenance Guide
  • How to manage summer volunteers
  • Planning for the Fall
  • Using tools with students – best practices and tool maintenance


Discussion Group

When: Thursday, June 15*
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

Topic: Summer maintenance and volunteer engagement

* Postponed to next month because of the Farm to School BC Conference May 18-19.

Spring Harvest and Celebration
When: Tuesday, June 6
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

  • Host a harvest celebration or tour
  • Garden recipes
  • Support the program through staff turnover


Discussion Group

When: Thursday, June 15
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

Topic: Summer preparation

Harvesting and Seed Saving
When: Tuesday, September 12
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

  • Seed saving with students
  • Seed stewardship lessons and activities
  • Harvest celebration and preservation


Discussion Group

When: Thursday, September 21
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

Topic: Harvesting tips

Winterizing Your Garden and Long-Term Sustainability
When: Tuesday, October 3
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

  • Winterize your garden
  • Season extension and winter planting
  • Soil care 
  • Season reflection – assess your process


Discussion Group

When: Thursday, October 19
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

Topic: Planning for next year and reflection

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