The GROW Project

Good Food * Community * Collaboration * Environmental Stewardship

 Loving Spoonful's school-garden based GROW Project is teaching 890 students at 21 Kingston and area schools about good food, community, collaboration, and environmental stewardship.

 

Students in grades 4-8 participate in hands-on workshops where they plant, care for, and harvest vegetables in their school gardens while learning values of stewardship and responsibility. Seven curriculum-connected classroom workshops complement their garden time, teaching students about healthy eating, food security, social justice, ecology, climate change, cooking, and more!

GROW connects students to more than good food. Through classroom workshops, guest visitors, the fence mural project, and donations of produce, student connect to their local community. Nature-based field trips deepen their understanding of the links between food, health, community, and the Earth.

Thanks to three-year Grow Grant funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Loving Spoonful has expanded from 12 schools in 2017 to 21 schools by 2020.

 

The development of our GROW Project has coincided with a broader emergence of garden-based curriculum, which is being taken up in schools throughout North America as evidence mounts about the effectiveness of this experiential teaching tool. A growing list of positive outcomes that can arise from school garden programs include:

 

  • opportunities for engaging in outdoor work (and play!)

  • increasing children's willingness to try new foods

  • positively influencing students’ diets as their knowledge of  fruits and vegetables increases

  • improving students' attitudes towards school in general

  • improving social relations and mental health

We are evaluating these outcomes, impacts and more in our own programming, and look forward to sharing those results in 2020!

A huge thanks to volunteers, donors, and our local farmers who support the GROW Project. Supporting farms include: Root Radical, Fat Chance Farmstead, Highland Gem Farm, Patchwork Gardens, Goat Ridge Farm, Forman Farms, Salt of the Earth Farm, Doublejay Farms, the Martin Homestead, Main Street Market, and Sun Harvest Greenhouses.

To learn more, please be in touch with Sarah Keyes, Food Education Manager, at sarah@lovingspoonful.org or 613-507-8848.

Participating Schools (2019/2020)

  • Amherstview P.S.

  • Bath P.S.

  • Bayridge P.S.

  • Cataraqui Woods E.S.

  • Centennial P.S.

  • Enterprise P.S.

  • Granite Ridge E.C.

  • J.G. Simcoe P.S.

  • J.R. Henderson P.S.

  • Lord Strathcona P.S.

  • Molly Brant E.S.

  • Our Lady of Lourdes C.S.

  • R.G. Sinclair P.S.
  • Rideau P.S.

  • Rideau Heights P.S.

  • Selby P.S.

  • Sir John A Macdonald P.S.

  • Southview P.S.

  • St. Francis of Assisi C.S.

  • Truedell P.S.

  • Welborne Avenue P.S.

The GROW Project doesn't work without volunteers, please consider jumping in!

Want some inspiration? Check out these new GROW videos to hear what our participants have to say: 

“It makes me feel like we’re a family when we’re working together in the garden.”

- GROW student

“Being in the garden makes me feel happy and relaxed. I like knowing that we’re not just growing for ourselves but for the whole community.”

- GROW student

"Two of my kids have been through the GROW Project and each year when they’ve finished they’ve come home and started planting their own vegetables. This summer they had all sorts of things growing. I came home a few weeks ago and they were actually serving up salads from the garden. It’s so great.”
– GROW parent

Contact:  613-507-8848  |  info@lovingspoonful.org  |   559 Bagot St., Kingston, ON  K7K 3E1

©2020 by Loving Spoonful | Kingston, ON

  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Twitter Icon
  • Black YouTube Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon