Program Info

Interested in getting a Growing Chefs! team into your classroom? Sign up now for our classroom program! You can also see our list of participating schools from past years.

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 primary program (Grades 1-3) begins after spring break and chef volunteers visit your class every two weeks from late March through June, for a total of seven visits.
  • The intermediate program (Grades 4-6) begins mid-September and chef volunteers will visit your class every two weeks, for a total of 7 lessons, until early December.

The Program

  • The Classroom Gardening and Cooking Program is available in the spring to grades 1-3 for the primary program and in the fall to 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.