Grow Eat Learn

A School Food Garden Program

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Strengthening School Food Gardens

Grow Eat Learn is a program program to support, enhance and grow school food gardens in Nova Scotia.

First and foremost, school food gardens are a site of learning. Sustainable school food gardens allow for curriculum to come alive through hands-on learning experiences. They act as a space to learn and celebrate diverse cultures and heritage and are linked to increased academic performance, nutritional, mental and physical health. 

Grow Eat Learn Guiding Practices

The Guiding Practices are the cornerstone of Grow Eat Learn and have been informed by the wisdom, local knowledge, diverse skills and experience of garden leaders, teachers, community groups as well as best practices and evidence from the literature.

They focus on various areas of the school food garden, from learning opportunities to physical safety. Each of the seven Guiding Practices support school food garden success and sustainability and are meant to strengthen and integrate gardens into the school community and learning environment.

Our hope for the Guiding Practices is to provide a practical framework of support for school food gardens to be successful and sustainable, ultimately helping schools and their communities to Grow Eat and Learn together!

Explore the Guiding Practices

  • Plan, Evaluate and Share

  • Learn in the Garden

  • Connect with Nature

  • Co-Create Welcoming and Inclusive Spaces

  • Strengthen the School Community

  • Create a Safe Environment

  • Sustaining School Food Gardens

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School Food Garden Videos

Watch Roving Reporter, Cameron, as he visits school food gardens to learn about what's growing, help harvest, taste some new foods and find out how schools will be using their fresh produce.

 

Become a part our School Food Garden Network on Facebook

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Acknowledgements

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 East Learn Advisory who have helped guide and shape the foundations of the program.