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Wickaninnish School Garden Program

The Wickaninnish School Garden is a community-driven project comprising three garden spaces (a ‘lower garden’, a ‘pollinator garden’ and a ‘food forest’) on the Wickaninnish Community (Elementary) School property. The garden has a long history of volunteer champions that contributed to its inception and growth.
 
We work with teachers and volunteers to deliver the school garden programs, providing opportunities for community members of all ages to teach and learn from our next generation of growers.

We bring the following Values into this work

  • Generosity (in sharing food and in sharing knowledge)
  • Inclusivity (creating a safe, welcoming & accessible space for staff, volunteers, children & community members)
  • Listening & Learning (we are here to serve our community)
  • Experimentation (we may not always get it right but we will try and try again)
  • Fun! We want to share in the joy of growing food

Our programming includes

  • Weekly In Classroom Programs, collaborating with teachers to meet curriculum outcomes
  • After School Garden Clubs, twice a week for Kindergarteners and Grades 2-4
  • Weekly Intergenerational Programming, bringing together our community Elders and children to share knowledge
  • Weekly volunteer days, to share in the learning and growing journey with our entire community
  • Harvesting for the school lunch program and facilitating a student-led compost program
  • Family-oriented, seasonal workshops and events

Our Impact

Children, adults and elders gain improved food literacy, a strengthened relationship to the natural environment and a curiosity towards healthy/whole foods, while producing sustainably grown, local food for themselves and their community.

Support the School Garden Program

Grow with us! Become a school garden steward by giving a gift today.

We'd like to acknowledge and thank those who have made the continuous growth of our school garden possible!

MAJOR FUNDERS

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