School food gardens are a site of learning
School Food Gardens teach essential skills for students’ success and well-being. They are a space to celebrate diverse cultures and heritage and are linked to increased academic performance, nutritional, mental, physical health and environmental health.
That’s why we’re developing Grow Eat Learn, a school food garden program to support garden leaders around Nova Scotia.
Grow Eat Learn Guiding Practices
Grow Eat Learn Guiding Practices help you unlock the full potential of your school food garden.
The Guiding Practices are a set of guidelines that are adaptable to each unique school environment and includes elements of planning that will help a school food garden put down roots for years to come.
Guiding Practices help envision not only the physical space but how the school food garden can serve the needs of the school community. As the cornerstone of the Grow Eat Learn program, the Guiding Practices are evidence-based and have been informed by the wisdom and diverse experiences of local garden leaders, teachers and community groups.
How to use: Each Guiding Practice is designed to serve as a section in a binder. This allows garden committees to collect and store resources, lesson plans and build a library of supporting documents (contact lists, planting schedules, supply inventories, teaching tools and resources) all in one place.
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We are all Treaty people. Nova Scotia is in Mi’kma’ki, which is the unceded traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq people. Those involved with school food gardens recognize the Mi’kmaq stewardship of this land and will work towards relationships of peace and friendship.
Grow Eat Learn is co-developed by Nourish Nova Scotia and Ecology Action Centre
Thank you to all the garden leaders and volunteers who have provided their input and wisdom through various consultations, surveys and evaluations. Your expertise is invaluable! Thank you to Acadia University and Chaiti Seth who conducted the baseline assessment as part of her Master’s practicum. We are also grateful for the passion, time and energy of the Grow Eat Learn Advisory who have helped guide and shape the foundations of the program.