FoodShare’s School Grown is a schoolyard farming project that employs students in running urban market gardens. This innovative project is a part of FoodShare’s Field to Table Schools program, a multi-faceted approach to school food, leading a movement of change in the way children and youth eat, grow and learn.
School Grown engages and excites high school students with growing, preparing and selling vegetables, fruits and preserves. During the school year the project provides hands-on learning opportunities for students both in the classroom and in the field. Over the summer, students are hired to work alongside the School Grown farm manager in running the market gardens, selling at farmers’ markets and delivering produce to local restaurants. All of the proceeds from sales are used to increase FoodShare’s Food Literacy education throughout the city.
This season you can find our students selling their School Grown produce at:
East Lynn Park Farmers Market
Thursdays from 3-7pm
June 6, 2013 – October 17, 2013
Closest Intersection: Danforth & Woodbine
Our produce will also make it into delicious dishes at the restaurants we supply – The Hogtown Cure, Table 17, Ascari Enoteca, and The Chef’s House.
The School Grown Market Garden at Bendale BTI
Our primary School Grown production site is located at Bendale Business and Technical Institute. Since its creation in 2010, this ¼ acre market garden has become an inspirational example of the transformative potential of school-food gardens. FoodShare works with Bendale’s staff and students in the garden’s planting, care, harvesting, cooking and market sales. In 2012, a 1,000-gallon aquaponics system was set up in the green industries classroom, which is home to 300 tilapia and allows for year-round production of greens and herbs.
The School Grown Rooftop at Eastdale CI
Our newest School Grown site is located on the rooftop of Eastdale Collegiate Institute. The School Grown Rooftop is a Food Literacy education centre, large market garden and vibrant event space all wrapped into one. The 16,000 square foot rooftop includes over 450 garden planters, seating for over 200 people, an indoor classroom, restroom and larger covered area all surround by a 10-foot high wall. With the wheels already put in motion for 100 shiitake mushroom logs, a small greenhouse, composting area, open air cafe and dwarf fruiting orchard, the rooftop is shaping up to be a one-of-a-kind facility. The Field to Table Schools program will be collaborating with Eastdale staff and students to maintain the rooftop growing spaces, harvest, and sell at the East Lynn Farmers’ market for the duration of the season, with the intention to continue using the rooftop’s classroom for workshops, events and trainings year-round.
Capital funding for the first phase of the project was provided by Live Green Toronto with additional support fromThe Ontario Trillium Foundation and Slow Food Toronto. We are actively seeking funds and partners for the next phases of this project, which will include the creation of a rooftop teaching kitchen, establishing a Food Literacy classroom and retrofitting the school’s elevator to ensure that the rooftop is fully accessible.
Check out this short video that captures the transformation of the rooftop.
We’re happy to share what we’ve learned with you! Thanks to the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Counselling Foundation of Canada we will have how-to guides, crop plans and other program resources available soon.
For more information on School Grown projects please contact Justin Nadeau, School Food Innovations Senior Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on School Grown production please contact Katie German, School Grown Coordinator: email@example.com.
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