Grow Food Education

Growing the communities understanding and knowledge around growing organic food.

Nanaimo Foodshare offers a variety of programs that educate the community on local food systems and how to grow food in any space!

Click here to book your program online!

Any questions regarding classes or booking, please email

Our current programs are:

  • Five Acres Farm Tours
    • Experience growing food on an urban farm!  Get hands-on practice with food growing skills and fun ecological activities.  Weekly, monthly, seasonal and individual visits highlight the various cycles of growing.
    • Group size: 5-25          Ages:  All!
    • Where:  Fives Acres Farm (945 Park Ave.)
    • Time: 30-90 minutes
    • Includes: Guided tour and food growing activities.


  • #GrowNanaimo Virtual Classes
    • These virtual classes include hands-on activities, inspiring lessons, and curricular connections to growing local food!  Review videos, discuss ideas and questions with a passionate facilitator.  Available in 4 or 8 class packages.  Invite us into your learning space for an engaging virtual presentation.
    • Group size:  up to 25     Ages: 7-14
    • Where:  Anywhere with internet!
    • Time: 30-90 minutes
    • Includes: Foodshare videos, lesson resources, and a passionate virtual facilitator.


  • Garden-in-a-Box (3 month program)
    • Explore how to plant vegetables, observe factors that affect plant growth and analyze growth without the need of an outdoor growing space.  Seasonal themes and activities are available for grades 3-5 (science curriculum).   Supplies and class content are provided.
    • Group size: 4-30      Ages:  7-14
    • Where:  Your learning space
    • Includes:  Up to three Garden-in-a-Box kits, science-based curricular activities and videos, passionate “Youth Grow Food” mentor for in-person and/or virtual support.


  • Train-the-Trainer (on your growing site)
    • Learn to maintain your garden as a group with curricular support.  Passionate facilitators lead outdoor ecology and food growing basics weekly.  Facilitators provide 1-3 tasks for you to complete with your group each week.
    • Group size: 10 – 30     Ages: 5 and up (with adult supervision)
    • Where:  Your school garden or existing gardening space
    • Time: 6 consecutive (minimum) 30 minute classes
    • Includes: Facilitated activities and weekly tasks