Growing Schools

For over 20 years, Growing Schools has been sowing seeds with elementary school children in Victoria, sharing knowledge and hands-on experience with the next generation of agricultural enthusiasts.

Our vision is a garden in every school where children, teachers, parents and community members gather to learn and grow together.

About Growing Schools

The Growing Schools Program is redefining food education in Victoria by connecting youth to food they eat, and cultivating curiosity by using a school garden as an outdoor classroom. Led by trained volunteers, elementary school children explore the importance of local food systems, seed saving, biodiversity and native pollinators while learning how to grow a garden.

Our curriculum model supports the Learning Outcomes of the Ministry of Education and addresses subjects such as Science, Social Studies and Math. The Growing Schools Program offers 5 hands-ons workshops throughout the school year.

1. Putting the Garden to Bed (October)
2. Native Pollinators (January/February)
3. Indoor Spring Planting (April)
4. Outdoor Spring Planting (May)
5. Harvest Celebration (June)

Volunteers receive training in organic gardening, environmental issues and participatory education in order to teach these hands-on workshops in schools.

Get Involved

Fill out a volunteer application form online. Volunteers are needed throughout the school year (September through June) and training is held In September, January, March, and April).

If you’re interested in starting a Growing School, contact the coordinator growingschools@lifeyclesproject.ca