Training & Education

Workshops and Training

Everdale offers workshops and farm planning courses at their two sites in Hillsburgh and Black Creek www.everdale.org

FoodShare Academy is a annual set of workshops offering fun, practical, hands-on adult educational opportunities. Learn the basics  of growing, preserving and composting or take one of their advanced courses and build on what you already know. http://foodshare.net/program/academy/

Garden Jane offers workshops, permaculture courses, garden coaching and group activities www.gardenjane.com

Train to become a Master Gardener or just attend a workshop. You can also find online resources and post a question for a Master Gardener to answer. http://www.torontomastergardeners.ca 416 397 1345

Urban Roots Youth (project of Green Thumbs Growing Kids) for youth aged 15-25, takes place after school in greenhouses and gardens in downtown east Toronto. Spring, summer and fall/winter sessions. Contact Chimu Titi, Garden Educator, at urbanrootsyouth@greenthumbsto.org.

Humber Arboretum offers courses and a certificate program in sustainable urban beekeeping

Gardening With Kids

 

The following organizations have great examples of children’s garden programming, and many have free online resources to help you with your own garden.

City of Toronto Children’s Eco Programs

Camps, school visits, a children’s garden, teaching kitchen and more! http://childrensecoprograms.ca/

Everdale

Everdale’s Black Creek Community Farm has farm camps, school visits and youth internship programs http://everdale.org/kids-schools/black-creek-community-farm-programs/

Erika Longman, School Programs Coordinator 519-855-4859 x169

Evergreen

Evergreen’s programs include Greening School Grounds, Outdoor Learning & Play, Youth Leadership and Day Camps http://www.evergreen.ca/our-impact/children/ Online resources include school grounds and packages for teachers http://www.evergreen.ca/get-involved/resources/

FoodShare

FoodShare’s resources page has a number of tools for anyone interested in getting kids active in the garden www.foodshare.net/resources You can also find out about their innovative school projects at www.foodshare.net/field-to-table-schools

Meredith Hayes, Field to Table Schools Coordinator: meredith@foodshare.net or call:(416)363-6441 ext. 240

Garden Jane

We offer activities at schools, farmer’s markets, festivals and events, including special programs for babies, toddlers and parents. We design activities to meet special needs. We also offer garden design and curriculum-linked activities for schools, day cares and organizations.

Find us at www.gardenjane.com or call (416) 534-4656

Green Thumbs Growing Kids

Green Thumbs Growing Kids teaches urban children, youth and families how to grow and use fresh, nutritious foods in an environmentally sustainable and socially just manner. Hands-on programs are on school and park lands in the east downtown core. Their website contains a toolkit with lesson plans for garden-based learning.

For more information contact Sunday Harrison, Executive Director, info@greenthumbsto.org or call: 647-FIT-KIDS (647) 348-5437. Website: greenthumbsto.org

The Spiral Garden

The Spiral Garden is an arts and nature camp program for kids of all abilities at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. http://hollandbloorview.ca/programsandservices/ProgramsServicesAZ/Spiralgarden

The Stop Community Food Centre

The Stop Community Food Centre runs school visits and after school programs focused on many aspects of healthy, sustainable food. You can download an on-line handbook for grades 3 and 5. http://thestop.org/sustainable-food-systems-education or http://thestop.org/afterschool-program. Contact Education Coordinators Xuan-Yen Cao and Kanaka Kulendran at 416-651-7867 or email youtheducation@thestop.org.

Castle Compost

Children’s fun & factual illustrated adventure books to help teach composting www.castlecompost.com

Please contact the author Larraine R. at 705-778-1922 or email peewee@castlecompost.com

Cathy’s Crawly Composters

Cathy’s Crawly Composters is an environmentally driven worm composting business. We supply red wiggler worms, bins, castings, books and accessories. Everything needed to get started. We offer inspirational classroom workshops and worm birthday parties. Worms in the class offer a tremendous learning opportunity!

Contact Cathy Nesbitt at cathy@cathyscomposters.com or call: 1(888)775-9495 www.cathyscomposters.com

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