Community Roots School Gardens

Growing kids' understanding and knowledge around growing organic food.

In partnership with School District 68, Nanaimo Foodshare offers weekly Garden Facilitation to several schools for the Community Roots Food Gardens Program. They are located at:

  • John Barsby Community High School;
  • Fairview Community School;
  • Georgia Avenue Elementary;
  • Park Avenue Elementary;
  • Brechin Elementary;
  • Departure Bay Eco School;
  • Coal Tyee Elementary.

The gardens were created by passionate parents, teachers and community members with grant support and garden/farming expertise from Nanaimo Foodshare. These raised bed and farm-style food-growing sites inspire students to grow, harvest and enjoy their own fresh organic food while learning more about their local food system and how to become stewards of the environment.

The gardens act as outdoor classrooms to explore scientific theory, apply math lessons, create art, reflect and write, improve motor skills and promote healthier eating habits. Contact us if you have a school garden site you’d like support with including garden facilitation classes available at your school.

With COVID-19 restrictions in place, Foodshare has introduced new virtual programming around gardening for parents and kids to view.

Meet our Facilitators: