With the passing of the Local Food Act (Bill 36) and the Healthy Kids Panel in serious consultation, the explosion of interest in good food continues to resound. Here in Toronto, City Council has passed the Toronto Agricultural Program which should support urban agriculture including school gardens.
The Ontario government is investing $30M million dollars in over the next three years (through the Local Food Fund), and one of its four categories includes “Education”. Now is the perfect time for school gardens to position themselves as critical components of food literacy programs and education about local food.
Please take the important first step of signing up with the Imagine A Garden In Every School Campaign www.agardenineveryschool.ca to lend your voice to the campaign. If you have a school garden you can also register it on the online map find-a-garden, and share information about your school garden with others. Together we can be a powerful voice for school gardens in Ontario.
A short survey about Ontario school gardens that should take less than five minutes to complete is also on the website here. We want to document successes and share knowledge about our common challenges. Your name will be entered in a draw to win a $100 dollar gift certificate from Urban Harvest or 30 Mark Cullen children’s trowels if you take the time to complete the survey before February 15, 2014. Just click this link to begin the garden survey. (For those who’ve already filled it out – don’t worry! You’ll be entered in the draw too!
This May 23rd we will be celebrating the second annual School Garden Day. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and share in the celebration of our collective work.
Please join us to support school gardens across Ontario.