Teacher’s Thoughts on School Garden Program

EGP School Garden Program Participant Teacher Susan:

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Susan Mont is a Grade 5 teacher at Queen Mary Elementary School in North Vancouver.  She loves the school garden program (previously called FedUp) and the value it adds to her teaching.  The lesson plans and activities are easy to follow, complete, and connect to the curriculum, and make teaching about food and healthy eating easy.  She cites many benefits of the program.  In her school catchment, so many of the students don’t have access to healthy nutritious fresh food, dirt or the chance to grow anything.

“Kids need to connect with nature, to have a relationship with their food & where good food comes from,  and so many here can’t afford it. For the students to have freshly grown food, learn the value of hard work, appreciate food that has been grown for them, and to learn respect for life in the garden (and for all living things), – you can’t teach that unless it’s hands-on.  Students learn to use tools, to plant something and watch it grow. The pride that they show in growing something from a seed to a plant is so exciting to see. There are so many things you can connect to the garden. The program is  totally irreplaceable.”

2 Responses to “Teacher’s Thoughts on School Garden Program”

  1. Christine September 28, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    I was thinking of starting a garden at Andre Piolat and was wondering if this is something that you have approached them about already? My two boys go to that school.

    • emilyj November 24, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

      Hi Christine! Sorry for the late reply. We don’t currently work with Andrew Piolat, but I know they have a few great garden plots. A few years back it seemed like there were some very engaged teachers – hopefully they are still there!

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