Welcome to Our Blog

Welcome to the official blog for the Plant A Seed Foundation. Stay tuned as we update this section on a weekly basis with articles about community health and nutrition programs not only in regards to our home base in Canada, but with tidbits from around the world as well. We are a global community after all. Cheers!

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How to Prevent Your Children From Experiencing Learning Loss Over the Summer by Going Outdoors

Summer learning loss (also known as summer brain drain) is a very real thing. What is it? It is the loss of knowledge and academic skills over the course of summer vacation. The deficit in learning varies in degree across grade level, subject matter, and household income. Here are four ways how to prevent your children from experiencing learning loss this summer. Summer vacation is days away and children across the country are ecstatic. While parents are excited about the opportunity to enjoy quality time with them that doesn't involve ...

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Westmont Montessori School: How a Sheltered School Garden Brings a Community Together

We’re delighted to update you on the Westmont Montessori School garden, one of our funded projects. This project combines two of the Foundation’s core priorities – the creation of school gardens and providing outdoor learning experiences. When children can explore and engage in in the great outdoors, they become more connected to  nature and to one another. Westmont Montessori School’s story is a testament of how a garden can bring a community together and how outdoor experiences enhance learning. Thank you to the wonderful team at Westmont Montessori ...

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How to Make Your Community Garden More Accessible

Today, our Foundation is providing easy-to-follow instructions on how you can make your sustainable community gardening system more accessible for all Canadians.  Nearly 14% of all Canadians are living with some form of a disability. While many Canadian communities have come a long way in providing a supportive system for this significant group, a lot can still be done to make gardens more inclusive. 5 Ways to Make Your Urban Farming Project More Accessible for Those with Mobile Disabilities (more…)

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How to Turn Your Community Garden into a Learning Garden Too

Outdoor learning experiences benefit the young and old alike, and when they are accessible, they can have a very positive impact on the local community. An urban garden provides that convenience and lets you get even more out of an already worthy project. Sure, there is the direct benefit of growing produce for food banks and farmers markets. But the garden is an instant classroom setting that provides a wealth of learning opportunities for all walks of life. It is also one that helps create a truly self-sustaining community that will grow for ...

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How to Conserve Water in Your Community Garden

World Water Day 2017 has passed, but the intent of the event is not to get people to conserve water for just a 24-hour period. Instead, it asks that we all look at our water consumption habits, and make a change for the greater good. And while the UN sponsored day focuses attention on the importance of universal and sustainable access to clean water in developing countries, you can make a difference at home, in your community garden.  Urban farming is a sustainable practice that seeks to battle food insecurities among other rewards that directly benefit ...

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Earth Month Every Day – Fun and Natural Ways to Protect the Planet

How do you keep your child interested in the concept of the Earth Month celebrations, fanfare, and hoopla? More so, how do you accomplish this without being too preachy? It's easier than you think. Just follow the Fun Ways to Get Your Child Excited about Protecting the Planet tips below and you'll bestow a love for the planet within your child. Fun and Natural Ways to Get Your Child Excited About Protecting the Planet (more…)

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Bee Crisis: It’s Time to Bee Aware

We are pleased to share with you our guest blog post today  about the bee crisis from Huffington Post contributor, Asha Mior. In her blog post below, Asha explains why bees are important and offers ways how we can help save bees. Asha is a 15 year old blogger, filmmaker and environmentalist living in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Since the creation of her blog Asha for the World in 2013 her well-written, comprehensive articles on youth empowerment, feminism, poverty, and in particular, the environment have been featured in classrooms to help explain complex ...

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Popular Children’s Films About Seeds, Plants & Sustainability

image: Universal Pictures   There are good films and bad films for kids. As a parent or guardian you are constantly on the hunt for movies that not only entertain your children, but offer an opportunity to learn. When you can tie that on-screen learning to outdoor learning experiences, the better its application as an complementary educational tool. There are many children's movies with an underlying message about the environment, but for all of these "green films", are there some that promote a green-thumb too? You bet! So, here's our list of popular ...

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Seed Storage Ideas – How to Make Seed Preservation Fun for Kids

There are many ways to make community gardening enjoyable for kids. Getting them excited about seed storage or seed preservation may be another story. However, given the role of seed preservation in building sustainable communities, it is important that you get your kids engaged in the concept. All that it takes, is fun. Let's see if we can help you make that happen. Note: Be sure to follow-up and read our article on how to store and preserve seeds from your garden. 3 Ways to Get Children More Involved (and interested in) the Seed Storage Ideas (more…)

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All Seeds Have a Story

Our guest blog today is from our close friend and volunteer, Rachel Parent. She is a Canadian youth activist and founder of Kids Right To Know, a not-for-profit organization advocating for GMO labeling in Canada. Kids Right To Know informs the public, especially children, about food safety. Together with Rachel, we work towards our common goals to create a healthier generation, improve our communities and to make a difference. We recognize that we are all connected. That connection starts with the seed.  For information on Rachel Parent’s work, please visit ...

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