School Workshops

Bring learning alive!

Developed through 25 years of school garden programs, our hands-on indoor and outdoor workshops engage students in learning about gardening and food systems, including lessons on native pollinators, plant cycles, biodiversity, seed saving, plant propagation, and herbalism.

Our experienced team of educators supplies workshop materials, the LifeCycles' School Garden Guide, and extending further resources.

Elementary school

Eat your micro-greens
Growing micro-greens is as easy as 1-2-3! This session focuses on plant cycles, nutrition & indoor gardening. Students will learn how to grow micro-greens in the classroom through tasting, planting & making their own sprout heads!

Wild about native pollinators
Students will be buzzing with excitement in this interactive workshop on the lives of native pollinators. We will explore why native pollinators are vital to our ecosystems through skits, games and making pollinator habitats.

Wake up sleepy seeds
Investigate the wonder of seeds, diversity and germination in this indoor planting session! Students apply their learning by mixing growing medium and starting seedlings that can be transplanted into their school garden

Ready. Set. Grow.
Dig into urban agriculture by learning how to grow food. We take classes outside and get planting! Our garden educators mentor students through hands-on activity stations in soil building, transplanting and garden care.

Tea time! Healing with plants
Drink up this sensory study of healing plants and the power of teas to support wellness. Together we will explore healing herbs and how they impact health. Students taste a selection of herbal teas and make their own herbal tea blend.

Celebrate the harvest
“Lettuce” celebrate the end-of-school! Students learn about how food arrives on our plates and the health benefits of vegetables as we work together to harvest, prepare and eat a colourful community meal!

Middle & high school

Garden skills

From seed to seedling: Planting the spring garden
When Spring arrives, it’s time to get your hands dirty! Learn how to start seeds, transplant, and care for vegetable crops by planting the spring garden! We will also learn about the mental health benefits of spending time playing with soil!

Putting the garden to bed
The growing season is over, so what next? This workshop goes through the skills needed to preserve soil quality and put the garden to bed for the season. The tasks done now will ready the garden beds for spring.

Indoor edibles: Growing sprouts & micro-greens
This is a workshop on growing your own micro-greens and sprouts. You will learn all the basics on how to grow healthy and delicious greens, providing a great nutritious addition to salads, sandwiches, and more throughout the entire year.

Planning the year-round veggie garden
Winter is the time to browse seed catalogues and plan the garden for the season. We will learn about seasonal cycles and you will help choose what to plant and what seeds to order for the garden.

Tiny little creatures: Worm-composting and compost teas
Soil supports all plant life and is vital to life on earth, yet we understand very little about its complexities! We will dig deeper into the magic of soil and learn techniques to improve soil ecology with compost teas and worm-composting techniques.

Plant maintenance: Water, food, cleaning
What do plants need to survive? What can we do as gardeners to provide them with an ideal environment to flourish. This workshop will cover general plant care tips and tricks.

Seed saving
Food sovereignty and how major seed companies are impacting the world’s seed banks. We’ll talk about local initiatives that are increasing food security through seed saving and sharing. We’ll look at the school’s garden and learn how to harvest for seed, and how to identify and store seeds.

Pests and disease
What’s that white stuff on those leaves?? Learning how to grow plants is only step one. Tackling unexpected hurdles is the true life of a gardener. Let’s learn identification, prevention, and treatment of pests and diseases and distinguish them from malnutrition in the garden.
 
People and plants 1: Indigenous plant history
Guest speaker: Let’s get an overview of Indigenous history of southern Vancouver Island and how it relates to plants. Let’s talk about Consent Based Harvest and Good Intentions for gardeners and harvesters in this part of the world.

People and plants 2: Indigenous plants and their uses
Guest speaker: Let’s look at the indigenous plants on or near the school ground and talk about their uses and  indigenous food systems of Southern Vancouver Island.

DIY & preserving the harvest

Introduction to food preservation
So you’ve figured out how to garden, but now you have 40lbs cucumbers all ripe on the same day! Now what?? Learn why, when and how to preserve food. Let’s get an overview of the basics from drying and canning, to fermentation.

Pickle passion: Preserving the harvest
In this workshop, we will learn techniques for processing and preserving food that has been harvested from the garden. We will learn about fermentation and will make several kinds of pickles which you will get to take home with you! *Material cost in addition to workshop cost*

Apples to apples: Preserving the harvest
Learn how to get the most and preserve your fruit harvest. In this workshop we will learn about the different ways to preserve a fruit harvest. Students will take home apple Chips and applesauce. *Material cost in addition to workshop cost*

Do-it-yourself body care & herbalism (Part 1)
Learn how to make your own lip balm! In this workshop, we will learn how to use plants from the garden to make medicinal body care products. We’ll discuss the health benefits of the various ingredients and will learn simple ways to bring herbal medicine into your daily life.

Do-it-yourself body care & herbalism (Part 2) 
Learn how to make homemade lotion! In this workshop, we will learn how to use plants from the garden to make medicinal body care products. We’ll discuss the health benefits of the various ingredients and will learn simple ways to bring herbal medicine into your daily life.

Plant medicine: Making medicinal teas
In this workshop, we will blend our own herbal teas! We will learn about medicinal properties of the plants we are using and will create special blends for relieving stress, calming anxiety, and soothing digestion. We will brew up some tea to drink during the session and you will take home a pack of your own specially crafted blend!

Food theory & science

A globalized food system: The ups and downs
In this workshop we’ll look at a recent timeline of food. What does the globalized food system look like? How has the industrialization of agriculture impacted the food system? Let’s look at some placed based solutions.

Cities and farms: An unlikely pairing
Building on the above workshop, how can urban farming change the shape of the food system. What is the future of agriculture? North America’s obsession with grass lawns and how we could envision them differently.

Local food insecurity
Let’s look deeper at Vancouver Island and talk about systemic issues facing our communities. Let’s define food apartheid, and look at socio economic food imbalances and their effects on populations.

Types of farming and career pathways
So you’ve learned to grow food, you like spending time in the garden, but what now? Let’s look at different career paths that involve plants. From subsistence farming and gardening to huge farms, to university programs and volunteer opportunities.

What’s dirt? Soil composition
Soil is a finite resource, meaning its loss and degradation is not recoverable within a human lifespan. As a core component of land resources, agricultural development and ecological sustainability, it is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for many critical ecosystem services. It is therefore a highly valuable natural resource, yet it is often overlooked. Learn about the components of soil and its importance.

Plant families: similarities and differences
In this interactive workshop we’ll look at common plant families used by gardeners. We will learn to characterize plants and use their common traits to sort them. Learn why it’s important to know plant families and talk about crop rotation.

Botany basics
Plant Science Under the Microscope: Why it’s important for gardeners to understand plant science. Let’s talk cell biology, seed anatomy, and plant requirements.

Pricing starts at $55 for a 1 hour workshop, with some additional material costs for specific workshops. For more information on workshop packages and booking, contact us.


Have you heard about Seed the City?

In partnership with the Greater Victoria School District, we deliver a summer work experience program for high school students where they can gain skills in urban farming and gardening, earn credits towards graduation, and become part of the local food movement in their city. Learn more!