The Landed Learning @ School program provides garden-based learning and food preparation activities to elementary school students and has two components:
1. One to two schools each year participate in a full program of ten half-day sessions, (usually one per month) conducted at the school with a Grade 4 or 5 class. Students are partnered with intergenerational community volunteers in small groups, who work together to plant, tend, harvest and cook with fresh food grown in the school garden. They also make two visits to a local farm to experience working food systems and develop a greater understanding of where their food comes from, and its connection to community and environmental health.
Activities in the garden and kitchen are seasonally-based and curriculum connected, with pre and post session activities provided to the teacher. Teachers participating in the full program are supported for the following two years in developing their capacity and confidence for taking learning into the garden. A current program outline can be found in the Volunteer Manual here.
2. Schools not participating in the full program each year are offered a partial program of five garden-based learning sessions (aimed at Grades 4 and 5, but adaptable for any age), in addition to curriculum connected resources and support with garden materials and maintenance. Details of this program can be found here.