Spring has arrived at Growing Chefs!
Spring break has passed, Easter is wrapped up for another year, and school is back in session. This means the start of our spring program as we plant 44 classroom gardens in schools across the province! We have over 140 chef and community volunteers in 44 B.C. classrooms that will teach over 1,300 elementary school students how to grow and cook their own vegetables. With the help of 297 packets of seeds, 2460 liters of soil, and 44 garden/cooking kits, kids will start to see their very own seedlings pop through the soil very soon!
This year marks the 11th anniversary of Growing Chefs! and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the growth we have seen of our program as we once again have added more volunteers to our team allowing us to reach more schools and students.
Lesson One has begun in many Metro Vancouver classrooms this week, with many more starting next week including our schools in Victoria and Kelowna. For some of our students it is their first time planting a seed and for all of our students, teachers, staff, and volunteers it is an exciting time as we all eagerly wait for the gardens to begin to grow.
Our staff, volunteers, and supporters are passionate about many things including cooking, urban agriculture, environmental sustainability, and healthy food. We feel education is the key to making a difference and teaching our children how to take care of themselves and their environment is an important way to create the change we wish to see in the world. (Mahatma Gandhi, you were so right.)