The Landed Learning @ School program provides garden-based learning and food preparation activities to elementary school students and has two components:
1. One school each year participates in a full program of ten half-day sessions, (usually one per month) conducted at the school with a Grade 3, 4 or 5 class. Students are partnered with trained intergenerational community volunteers in small groups (usually two volunteers and four students), 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. A current program outline can be found in the Volunteer Manual here.
The Program Coordinator works closely with the class teacher to adapt the program to their needs, and to provide them with the resources and support necessary to develop their own practice of garden-based learning. Because of the high ratio of adults to children, teachers are able to participate in and observe garden and kitchen activities with their class in a way that may not have previously been possible. Pre and post session activities, and all kitchen and garden supplies are provided. Teacher support is also provided for up to two years following completion of the program. Landed Learning is completely free to schools.
2. Schools not participating in the full program each year are offered a partial program of five garden-based learning sessions (aimed at Grades 3, 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.