Garden Clubs * Cooking Classes
After School Gardening Classes – Garden Club
Gardens build community. This is our focus in creating an after-school gardening club activity. Gathering a wide range of school community members, students, staff, parents and other interested volunteers from the community is an amazing way to not only ensure a school garden is sustainable, maintained and healthy, it’s also a great way to create connection and community throughout the school.
Classes are offered at 5 sessions per season (Fall, Winter and Spring) at $125 per season.
Garden Clubs are offered to all students after school from Kindergarten to Gr. 7 with the exception that children ages K to Gr. 2 must attend with a parent or guardian. This helps ensure behaviour management but also helps develop a love for the school garden throughout the community. Family members are offered the opportunity to support the garden throughout the summer months including the ability to harvest veggies from the garden.
Services for this program include:
- Registration and Attendance Tracking
- Communication and Marketing
- Facilitation of a Nature Based Activity in the garden: like the Seed to Table Program, fairy garden making, seed planting or re planting, watering, weeding, soil health, and other nature crafts.
Costs: $100 per session
After School Cooking Classes
Offered to schools and community groups with space that includes a working kitchen with access to a fridge, stove/oven, sink/dish washing area, and enough space to teach up to 12 students starting at age 7 to 13.
Our classes offer a unique way to develop basic life skills of knowing what foods are best for us depending on what our bodies need, what is best for the environment and what we can then share with our families.
We use as many seasonal and local ingredients as possible starting with what is growing in the school garden. Recipes have been designed for students to repeat at home with their families to ensure success.
Classes are taught by chef leaders with backgrounds in holistic nutrition and working with children. Each class features up to 4 recipes ending in a meal shared by the group. Recipes have included: sushi, pasta, salads, appetizers and snacks, lunch ideas, healthy breakfast ideas, smoothies, and ways students can help prep dinners.
Skills developed include knife skills, safe food handling, measuring, setting the table, washing dishes, reading recipes and table manners.