Our vision

A world with healthy, just, sustainable food practices.

Our Goals

  • Support and encourage urban agriculture development and growth
  • Facilitate chef and grower community engagement to support food sustainability
  • Champion kids growing and cooking their own food with hands-on experience
  • Connect chefs with kids, sharing knowledge about growing and preparing meals
  • Equip kids with the powerful knowledge they can grow food themselves, anywhere

Since 2005 We Have Supported

Growing CHefs tasting lettuce

368

classes
Mushroom with spinage

9000

children
Making a salade

7

communities
Growing chefs in the kitchen
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1472

volunteers

Making art with food

Kids engage in the entire food cycle—digging in the soil, planting seeds, harvesting vegetables, learning basic cooking skills. They connect with food, and often serve themselves up second helpings of vegetables they used to refuse to eat!  

 
Food colour wheel
 

How it all started

 

2005

Growing Chefs! becomes a registered non-profit.

The Growing Chefs! Classroom Gardening Program is piloted in 2 elementary school classrooms in Vancouver with 4 chef volunteers.

2006

2007

The volunteer orientation program is developed. 13 chef volunteers deliver the program to 4 elementary school classrooms.

The classroom gardening program pilots in Richmond and Burnaby, BC.

2011

2013

More than 140 chef volunteers and 1420 students participate in the program.

Growing Chefs! becomes a registered charity.

2014

2016

1320 students get hands-on experience growing and cooking their own food.

 

With your help, we can empty the waitlist and give even more kids hands-on experience that transforms how they  think about food.

Download our annual Report

 

Our Team

Our Board

Merri Schwartz - Founder/Chair

Richard Banner - Vice Chair

Colin Haddock - Treasurer

Graham MacLennan - Secretary

Bill Schwartz

Ted Anderson

Brent Mansfield