Growing Schools

For over 20 years, Growing Schools has been sowing seeds with children and youth in the region, cultivating skills and hands-on learning with the next generation.

Our vision is a vibrant garden in every school where students, teachers, parents, and community members can gather to learn, grow, and share delicious food with each other.

About Growing Schools

LifeCycles’ Growing Schools Program provides integrated school garden support across the Capital Region. We work with teachers to bring learning alive and transform your schoolyard or garden into an outdoor classroom.   Our skilled team of educators deliver curriculum-linked programs that engage students in hands-on learning through indoor and outdoor workshops.  We also support the development of new gardens by working with school communities to integrate native plants and cultivated food crops into school grounds.

Our program services include:

  • Classroom Workshops (K-12)
  • Youth Leadership Programs
  • Consultation 
  • Garden Design
  • Garden Installation
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Summer Camps

If you are interested in working with us, please fill out this short questionnaire to help us understand how we can best serve you and your school.  You can also contact us by email at: growingschools@lifecyclesproject.ca

For more details about Elementary School Workshops and Summer Camps, click below!

 

GROWING SCHOOLS VIDEO

Get Involved

Volunteers are at the heart of the Growing Schools program! Our volunteers support the program by assisting with garden-based workshops at schools, summer garden camps, youth leadership programs, garden installation, schoolyard work bees, graphic design, costume making and more! Click the link at the bottom of this page to find out more and join our team OR contact us at: growingschools@lifeyclesproject.ca

Teacher Testimonials

"I liked how the program added value to our emphasis on outdoor education. I feel we’ve become much more knowledgeable as a staff, and now have more capacity to move forward on our own steam. You were also so instrumental in helping us find and apply for grants, and get our garden up and running! I also feel more supported in our work towards integrating Indigenous ways of knowing."
Cheryl Rolston, Vice-Principal at Quadra Elementary

“Super fun times, thanks for coming to EMCS again! So much positive feedback, the kids really enjoyed it and it's been a big part of discussions since.”
Patrick Gauley Gale, Food and Nutrition Program Teacher at Edward Milne Secondary

“Socializing, being outside, and helping a greater cause is an equation that made many smiles in the garden. I witnessed many students happy to help and happy to learn.”
Teacher, Reynolds Secondary

Student Testimonials

“I now have an interest in growing my own food thanks to this program.”
Grade 10 student

“I loved weeding because it made me feel more relaxed and focused when I went back to class. I also loved eating the fresh food and seeing where the salad bar greens come from.” Grade 11 student

“I had a lot of fun shoveling through a garden bed to sift out sticks and weeds with friends. It helped relieve stress and tension and gave us a chance to connect while working together.” Grade 11 student

Territory Acknowledgement

LifeCycles Project work focuses on health, healing and connecting people to the food they eat and where it comes from. We endeavour to honour the land and its treaties by strengthening our relationship and responsibilities to them. We live and work on unceded Coast Salish Territories*, specifically of the Lekwungen and W_SÁNEC peoples. Many of our practices, including the seeds we plant, the ways we educate and our methods of growing food came to these lands through the ongoing process of dispossession and colonialism. We hold this understanding in our interactions and engagements with this land and its people.

* The term Coast Salish is used to encompass a number of Indigenous peoples, including Esquimalt, Hul’qumi’num, Klahoose, Lekwungen (Songhees), MALAXEt, Musqueam, OStlq’emeylem, Pentlatch, Scia’new (Beecher Bay), Sliammon, Shishalh, Skxwú7mesh-ulh Úxwumixw, Stó:lo, Straits, Tsleil-Waututh, T’Sou-ke, W_SÁNEC (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum), and Xwemalhkwu.

LifeCycles Project

Unit A- 808 Viewfield Rd
Victoria, BC, V9A 4V1
ph: (250) 383-5800

info@lifecyclesproject.ca

CRA #89120 0743 RR 0001
Come and find us at our new location in Esquimalt at 808 Unit A Viewfield Road. We are just past the Monk Office warehouse next to the old Wilson Foods building. There is a mobile greenhouse in our parking lot.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-4pm (closed from 12:30-1pm for lunch)