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School Food Gardens

Teachers continue to recognize the importance of teaching children how plants grow, and many want to expand their learning beyond the stryofoam cup. (Bernaditte Huys, 1998)

Many schools within HRSB have outdoor school food gardens in which students play an active role to ensure the success of the garden. There are many benefits of school food gardens one of which students learn about food and where it comes from. 

There are many school food gardening resources available through the HRSB library ( and can be sent to schools through inter-school mail. 

Resources are also available from the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture including the Nova Scotia School Garden Resource Guide. This guide includes advice on starting a school food garden, resources available to schools in Nova Scotia and curriculum links which can integrate the garden into lesson plans.

**NEW** HRSB School Food Garden Funding Application 2016: All HRSB schools who apply will be considered for funding. The amount of funding available per HRSB school will be dependent on the amount of HRSB schools who apply. First consideration will be given to HRSB schools using a Health Promoting School approach to the garden. All applications must be received by Friday, March 4, 2016 with food gardens being planted in the Spring of 2016.

For more information or support, please contact, Jill White, HRSB School Nutritionist, or (902) 464-2000 x2180.