We’re pleased to share with you how your time, talent and treasures are making a difference in our communities across Canada.
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School Gardens British Columbia
The Foundation helped build the Sutherland Secondary Schoolyard market garden in North Vancouver, BC. The Sutherland Schoolyard Market Garden is a one-third acre urban farm located on the front lawn of the high school. It’s a project in collaboration with the Edible Garden Project.
The schoolyard market garden is home to over 60 raised garden beds that grow produce for sale. Children experience the seed-to-table process and learn about food.
“Thank you so much for your support of the Sutherland schoolyard market garden. Your support means that hundreds of students and community members will get to learn how to grow food with their hands in the soil. So, fantastic that your organization exists to support programs like this.” – Thank you, Emily & the Edible Garden Project
Forest Grove, Windsor and Lochdale Elementary Schools, Burnaby, BC
The Foundation also funded seed classes in Burnaby through a partnership with Sprouting Chefs Society, who facilitated the classes at the Forest Grove, Windsor and Lochdale Elementary schools. The seed classes were taught by Barb McMahon, founder of Sprouting Chefs Society, a not-for-profit organization that offers sustainable school garden programs. The seed classes taught the students how to plant seeds to grow food for their respective school gardens using organic growing principles and integrating curriculum from K to Gr. 7. 806 students from kindergarten to grade 7 and school teachers benefitted from this program.
“Our students have very little knowledge of where their food comes from. It’s an opportunity for students to work together and see the results of that work. It also provides a real-life connection to the natural environment.”– Teacher, Windsor Elementary
Westmont Montessori, Victoria, BC
The Foundation also funded Westmont Montessori’s learning garden shelter. The garden will become a true extension of the classroom that allows students to explore the nature of agriculture, practice land stewardship and foster a passion for locally grown food. Plans include the building of ten raised beds, the planting of numerous crops and seedling fruit trees, and the installation of a compost area. The Learning Garden will build on the connections between healthy land use and their own health. Highlighting these connections and teaching life skills such as food preparation are integral to the culture of the school.
“I love the learning garden! It is a wonderful tool that helps students us of any age learn about botany, nature, and teamwork. There are so many exciting things you can do in the garden; you can plant seeds, water plants, look for insects, pull weeds, explore, eat herbs, and so much more. My favourite thing to do in the garden is explore all the different plants species and try to make new discoveries. Overall, the garden is filled with knowledge and it makes everyone happy, rain or shine.” – Hannah, Grade 7
Growing Up Organic, Ottawa, ON
The Foundation also funded the Canadian Organic Growers’ program called Growing Up Organic. Funding goes towards their fall experiential garden workshops to 750 students from Ottawa and United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry schools. They aim to host a total of 100 workshops this funding year.
“Growing Up Organic needs the resources of organizations like Plant a Seed & See What Grows Foundation to sustain our work and grow our capacity across Ottawa. Their support contributed towards creating 7 new gardens in Ottawa and facilitating 130 garden-based workshops which engaged over 1,000 students in food literacy, agriculture and community.” – Jen Coorsh, Project Manager/Gestionnaire de projet, Growing Up Organic/Grandir BIO
Port Weller Public School, St. Catharines, ON
In collaboration with The Peanut Mill Natural Foods Market in St. Catharines, ON, the funding will build a school garden with five raised 10’x3′ bed garden boxes, one storage box for tools and rain barrels. Teachers will use the garden to teach the Ontario Curriculum subjects in an experiential way, including teaching the 320 students to be aware of where their food comes from and how it was grown. This school garden aims to provide education and training for students from kindergarten to grade 8, their families and school staff in the areas of gardening, food literacy and health. This project will enable children and their families to grow, harvest and consume local organic food. By inviting students and their families to access to land, equipment and training at the school, this also provides opportunities for neighbours to work together and decrease some social isolation for community members.
École élémentaire Catholique Ste-Marguerite-Bourgeoys, Woodstock, ON
The school’s Growing Potential garden is a Foundation funded project with the goal of teaching students how to plant, grow, and harvest, pesticide-free, nutrient rich food. This fruit and vegetable garden is composed of 2 ground plots – one 14′ x 14′ and another measuring 12′ x 12′ with some raised garden beds. Fresh produce from the garden will be used in the school cafeteria to increase the healthy food options provided to the students. The garden will teach the students what healthy food is and where food comes from. The garden will also incorporate basic business principles, math and science skills. It will also give the opportunity for students to collaborate as a team, mentor each other and work with other community members.
School Breakfast Programs
Children need to be nourished with great-tasting and healthy breakfasts to learn, participate and play in schools. However, Canada has no national child nutrition program and more than one in seven Canadian children live in poverty. This is why supporting School Breakfast programs is one of the Foundation’s core causes.
Plant a Seed is committed to helping kids be happy, healthy, and productive at school by supporting dynamic organizations like the Breakfast Club of Canada and the school breakfast programs of The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund – Adopt a School initiative.
Education Bursary Programs
In keeping with its commitment to help Canadian undergraduate students accomplish their academic aspirations through education bursaries, the Foundation has set up three $1,000 bursaries: one each at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and the University of British Columbia (UBC)
The Foundation nurtured its seed preservation cause by granting funds to well-established seed preservation programs in Canada. The Foundation supported the UBC Botanical Gardens – Seed Collectors Group of the Friends of the Garden and the Ontario-based Seeds of Diversity.
Our Plant a Seed – Read! program aims to reach toddlers, preschoolers and youngsters through story telling in public libraries, daycares and stores across Canada. Plant a Seed & See What Grows Foundation supports the reading experience with a discussion of the elements needed to successfully grow plants, where food comes from and an actual planting activity. The Foundation provides complimentary lesson materials, such as organic non-GMO seeds, a themed‐colouring book and colored pencils. The Foundation also donates to libraries the two empowering storybooks ‐ Plant a Seed & See What Grows and What to Do with What You Grew children’s books both written by Roland Gahler.
The program has visited some of the country’s urban and rural libraries:
- Ottawa Public Library, ON, August 2017
- Idea Exchange/Preston Library, Cambridge, ON, July, 2017
- Lincoln Public Library, ON, March 2017
- Norwich Public Library, ON, October 2016
- Coquitlam Public Library, BC, July 2016
- Woodstock Public Library, ON, September 30, 2017
“The Plant a Seed-READ program has two fantastic books about planting and growing. The donated copies of the books have been added to our collection and have been used in programs. They are written perfectly for the preschool/primary age group and are engaging with great illustrations.”
– Emma Campbell, Library Assistant at Idea Exchange Preston, Cambridge, ON
To inspire children through storytelling as they discover and discuss the life cycle of plants, the Foundation offers free educational materials and resources for preschoolers, K-1 and Grade 2-3 in both English and in French.
The Foundation provides preschools and child care centres with the Plant a Seed – Read! storytelling kit which includes copy of the beautifully illustrated hardcover book, Plant a Seed & See What Grows (26 pages), the copy of the companion storybook, What to Do with What You Grew (26 pages); bilingual colouring books; and organic Non-GMO seed packs.
For primary grades (K through Garde 3) the Foundation’s curriculum-based Classroom Resource kits includes both storybooks along with:
- Full-colour workbooks that meet the prescribed learning outcomes for the applicable grade cluster: K-Gr. 1 or 2-3, one for each student.
Each type of workbook guides students through a grade-appropriate exploration of the life cycle of a plant grown from seed and provides opportunity for sharing such exploration through drawing, colouring, and storytelling.
- Planting Kit: seeds and potting kit for each student
Currently, the Foundation has distributed over 6,645 items of these educational materials to schools, daycares, businesses, hospitals and not-for-profit organizations in Canada and in the USA.
L’ecole Bilingue, Vancouver, BC ● Porter School, Coquitlam, BC ● Holly Elementary, Surrey, BC ● Shawnee Middle School, IN, USA ● Mountain Meadows School, Port Moody, BC ● École communautaire La Croisée de Robertville, NB ● École élémentaire Catholique Ste-Marguerite-Bourgeoys, Woodstock, ON ● Hives For Humanity
“We really appreciate your generous donation of seeds, books and learning resources. We are so excited to share them with the kids and families we work with at our apiaries and pollinator gardens.”
– Hives for Humanity, Vancouver, BC
“Thank you so much for the donation of colouring books and pencils! We put these into our comfort care baskets that are designed for family members whose loved one is passing away…. The little things really do make a difference. Thank you from the bottom of our heart!”
– Janice Walker, RN, MN, Manager of Nursing, 6th Medicine and Hospital Aide Float Pool, St Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon, SK