We created this website to celebrate school gardens in the Southern Gulf Islands (SD64), share resources & help each project thrive.
Looking forward to 2020, we'll continually update the Gulf Islands School Gardens Case Studies, plus the seasonal Activity Guide with current events and news. We're planning two more "Inter-Island Learning Circles" with school garden champions and community supporters, having already met on Pender, Galiano, and Salt Spring over the past year. At the District Professional Development Day on February 28, 2020, we'll organise a Garden-based Learning Workshop for Teachers. Throughout the year, we'll offer monthly garden activities at Salt Spring Elementary, and support other school gardens as they like. Development of this website, the Activity Guide, and training events are led by a small group of parent and teacher volunteers, assisted by many others and cheered on by the School District.
WHY SCHOOL GARDENS?
Proven Academic, Social & Emotional Benefits.
Studies show Happier Teachers.
Kids make healthier food choices.
Greener, more resilient schools and people.
Sustainable agricultural practices are handed on.
A number of studies have demonstrated these benefits of school gardens and are nicely summarized here: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/social_and_emotional_health_are_important_benefits_of_school_gardens
Project Team: Robin Jenkinson, Toby Carson, Katharine Byers, Shelly Johnson, Julie Johnston, & Jenny Redpath.
If you’re interested in joining this project, please get in touch!