School Gardens

Limestone Learning Foundation
Click here to learn more about the school Grow Garden partnership with Loving Spoonful.

The Board partners with Loving Spoonful on several school gardens including this one at Rideau Heights PS.The Limestone District School Board encourages the establishment of school food gardens on school property. School gardens fit into the curriculum in a variety of ways and can be a platform for teaching character development such as cooperation, community and responsibility as well as growing and connecting with healthy food. They also allow for an increase in student engagement by fostering active participation in environmental projects and building links between schools and communities.

The Board has developed Administrative Procedure 531: Development and Maintenance of School Gardens to help ensure that gardens are well planned and maintained to ensure their safety and long-term sustainability.

Limestone is proud to partner with Loving Spoonful on several school gardens through its GROW Project which teaches elementary school students about community and collaboration, local food systems and stewardship, and gardening and cooking through classroom and garden workshops. Elementary students at participating schools adopt, plant, raise, and harvest a variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, learning first-hand the processes of growing food as a team. A series of classroom sessions complement their garden time, organized to help students gain a more holistic understanding of food. Guest speakers and GROW facilitators teach students about farming, food systems, local food, social justice and food security, food in culture, and healthy cooking, making food literacy development both educational and fun.

Volunteers help the GROW Project succeed. To learn more, or to become involved, visit the Loving Spoonful website.

The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.