Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society

Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society Farmer Scott teaching in the Vancouver Technical Secondary School market garden. Photo: Fresh Roots

2013
$70,000
To establish and operate two market gardens on institutional land in Vancouver and educate and engage neighbours; develop a case study on the project.

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In 2013, the Real Estate Foundation awarded a grant to Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, to produce a case study on their schoolyard market gardens so that other communities hoping to replicate it can learn from their experiences.

The Schoolyard Market Gardens are a ground-breaking model: educational farms where the food grown is sold into the school community: into the cafeteria, food access programs and to the neighbours. Fresh Roots facilitates outdoor experiential learning with teachers and students, and mentor youth leaders through garden clubs and summer programming.

Some of the key factors driving this innovation:

  • 2000 Vancouver kids go hungry every day
  • Food insecure students receive 50% of their calories in school
  • 65% of Vancouver's youth do not eat the recommended daily amount of fruits or vegetables

There are over 26 acres available in the Vancouver School District alone, and Fresh Roots believes we can feed every student healthy food, all while using this land to build food literacy and foster community connections. Now with two schoolyard market gardens at David Thompson Secondary School and Vancouver Technical Secondary School, Fresh Roots is sharing what it takes to grow food in small spaces.

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