Green Board - Gardens and Food
Many VSB schools either already have or are in the process of starting a school garden. This is part of a larger trend of people growing food in cities and making connections between what we eat and where it comes from, food security and climate change.
The VSB has a draft Food Action Plan which contains actions we can take to increase food security within the VSB's school food system.
Some schools start gardens to grow food and others use them as a way to help green a school. The VSB has developed a garden policy and process to help schools that want to start a garden or set up a composter.
The VSB helped to start the Vancouver Schools Food Network which organizes food related pro-d opportunities for VSB schools. Information on these professional development opportunities are linked on the calendar.(which will be added soon!) There are many garden related projects taking place within the VSB such as Farm2Cafeteria, Salad Bar projects and many more.
The VSB is part of a 5 year project with UBC called Think&EatGreen@School. The project is looking at all aspects of school food systems including the growing of food, the food that we purchase, school nutrition school garden design, making curriculum connections and much more. The project website has resources for teachers and policy makers. We encourage you to visit their website to see what resources are available on school gardens.
Gardens and Food links
VSB Garden Policy and Process outlines the steps to starting a garden at your school
VSB DRAFT Food Action Plan lays out the actions the VSB will take to build a sustainable school food system
Think & Eat Green @ School provides resources for staff and students on making school garden connections
Grandview Woodlands Food Project is working with Brittannia Secondary on its garden projects
Environmental Youth Alliance has garden based school resources and programs