Program Info

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How it works

  • The Growing Chefs! Classroom Gardening and Cooking Program begins every year after spring break.
  • A team of three to four chef volunteers is paired with your class. The volunteers meet with you prior to their first classroom visit.
  • You receive a Teacher’s Kit that outlines the program and provides you with copies of handouts and extension and integration lessons.
  • The chef volunteers visit your class every two weeks from March through June, for a total of seven visits.

The Program

  • The Classroom Gardening and Cooking Program is available for grades 1-3 for the primary program and grades 4-6 for the intermediate program.
  • On their first visit, the chefs help the students plant an indoor window sill garden comprised of fast-growing vegetables.
  • As the chefs mentor your students and help them to grow the vegetable gardens, they lead the class through a series of lessons.
  • Each lesson uses a combination of discussions, games, and activities to cover themes including urban agriculture, vegetable exploration, cooking, nutrition, garden crafts, and foods around the world.
  • The lessons integrate with provincial classroom curriculum for a variety of subjects, including math, science, and art.
  • A fee of $400.00 per classroom goes towards seeds and soil, seeding flats and pots, gardening tools, books, cooking supplies, program administration, and lesson materials.