Note: wherever we use the word “schools” we also mean non-profit childcare centres.
Who can sign up?
Schools and non-profit childcare centres are the only organizations eligible to participate at this time. Funds raised must be used to support school wide healthy food programs e.g. breakfast programs, snack programs, gardens and cooking skills.
What are we selling?
Students sell boxes of local produce from Nova Scotia farmers to their family and the greater community. The boxes are sold for $30.
What is the benefit of using Nourish Your Roots (NYR) as a fundraiser?
Nova Scotia farmers are paid fairly for their produce, customers enjoy the harvest while supporting the school. It’s a win-win-win for schools, farmers and families!
How much will the school raise with this fundraiser?
The school will receive $9 per box sold.
Are there any other costs involved?
If your boxes are ready-packed and delivered to the school, there will be a transportation fee of approximately $75 included in your amount due to the farmer.
Unlike many fundraisers, there are no upfront costs to participating in NYR. However, to ensure fairness to our farm/transport partners, if your ability to participate changes once you have confirmed your participation in May and you must cancel, the transportation fee of $75 shall be applied to offset the scheduled transportation costs.
How do we choose a farm partner?
Nourish will identify farm partners for schools. Nourish works with farm partners and regional contacts to coordinate the program across the province.
If you are aware of a farmer in your area who might be interested in supplying produce, please encourage them to sign up for 2020.
How can I sign up my school?
The expression of interest for Fall 2019 is now closed.
If you signed up you will be notified by the end of May 2019 as to whether or not your request to participate has been successful.
If you wish to sign up for the 2020 campaign, visit the Nourish Your Roots webpage at the end of September 2019.
What can funds be used for?
Money raised from NYR must be used to support school wide healthy food programs such as breakfast programs e.g. including more vegetables and fruit. Other ideas include; vegetable and fruit snack programs, taste testing, or a salad bar; inviting a Nova Scotia farmer to visit your school or plan a trip to a farm; cooking skills programs to get children and families excited about cooking; a school food garden or hosting a school/community garden harvest event using produce out of the garden plus more local produce.
Nourish Nova Scotia developed NYR to help schools meet the directives in the Food and Nutrition Policy for Nova Scotia Schools and Standards for Food and Nutrition in Regulated Childcare around role-modeling and healthy fundraising. Participation in NYR also supports the wellness goal in the schools student success plan.