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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 (libraryorders@hrsb.ca) 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.

HRSB Edible School Garden Funding

Edible School Gardens provide a hands-on learning opportunity that can be integrated into the school curriculum. Financial support is available to HRSB schools to build and/or maintain an Edible School Garden. All HRSB schools who apply will be considered for funding.

The amount of funding awarded will be dependent on the number of HRSB schools who apply (up to a maximum of $1000 per school).

To qualify for funding, your Edible School Garden must:

  • be integrated into the school curriculum
  • be planted during the Spring of 2017
  • focus on food literacy education which engages students to learn skills and develop habits that enable them to make healthy food choices
  • provide hands-on learning opportunities for students

The HRSB Edible School Garden Funding Application is open until Friday, March 31, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified in early April. For more information and resources on Edible School Gardens, go to: https://nourishns.ca/program-resources/edible-gardens

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