Soil & Composting:
Students will learn the importance of healthy soils in a healthy food system, understand that all food originates from the soil, and build an appreciation for good quality soil while harbouring a deep connection with soil as a biodiverse habitat.
Workshops are catered to the class grade level as specified below:
Rotten Melon Party K-2
Can You Dig It? Grades 3-5
"The workshops that we booked were better than we could have imagined!! The children learned curriculum while being engaged and even playing with worms. This is a valuable resource for science curriculum and ECO schools. Thanks to the presenters who were so knowledgeable and kind. They maintained control of the students while delivering important information. A valuable, workshop!! Thank you!"
Tracy Goodwin, Grade 3 teacher St. Alexander School
Gardening & Growing:
What's the buzz? In this workshop your students will become bee experts, learning all about the essential process of pollination and our very own local food heroes...bees! Oh yeah, did we mention tasting some delicious honey? This workshop is best suited to grades K-3.
Roots, Fruits, Seeds and Leaves Students will actively learn to identify the different plant parts as well as their functions. The best part of this workshop is our FEAR FACTOR plant tasting! This workshop is best suited to grades K-4.
Making Nature and Food Connections We will lead students through some sensory exploration activities and games in order to build a deeper respect and gratitude for the role that nature plays in our food system. This workshop can be catered to all grade levels.
Cooking & Tasting:
Signature Salads In this workshop students have the opportunity to get creative, producing their own unique, delicious salads according to some challenging criteria. Warning: salads will be judged! This workshop is best suited for grades 4-8.
"This workshop was fantastic and enhanced my health unit on healthy eating. Jo covered locally grown produce as well as a variety of other veggies that were unfamiliar to the kids. It was wonderful and the kids loved it!" Grade 6 Teacher on Signature Salads Workshop
Stone Soup This workshop emphasizes the importance of community when eating, growing, cooking and sharing food. We'll play some community games, listen to a story, decorate recipe cards (and do the math!) and enjoy some delicious, heart healthy soup! As a bonus, students will also have a small jar of soup to take home. This workshop is suited to all grade levels.
Food Outside the Box
Food, Media & Marketing Are you sure you want to drink that? This workshop will open your students' eyes to the tricks of the trade when it comes to selling you the customer..."food". We will equip participants with the knowledge they need to weave their way through the web of gimmicks, slogans, branding, targeting and highly sophisticated techniques used to get us hooked. Disclaimer: some students may be shocked by the content of this workshop! Students will have an opportunity to make their own smoothies. This workshop is best suited for grades 5-8.
"The visuals that Jo shared about food images and the things companies do to make their product look good opened my students' eyes and will help them make more informed food choices." Grade 5 Teacher on Food, Media & Marketing Workshop
*Teacher agreement: We ask that all teachers complete an evaluation form providing us with feedback that will help improve our programs. In addition we welcome students' quotes, poems, stories, photos, illustrations or letters showcasing what they learned/enjoyed about the workshop. Student stories showing appreciation for our programming assist us with future funding applications and evaluation.
For more information on workshop topics, or to book a workshop please contact Jo Low, Garden & Nutrition Educator 905-357-5121 ext 32, firstname.lastname@example.org