- Aaron Walker CDC
Abbey Gardens partners with SNP
Abbey Gardens has had an ongoing program "sprouts and snacks" that has been teaching school kids about sustainable and healthy foods.
This pilot program series is a partnered project between Abbey Gardens, Food for Kids &
Archie Stouffer Elementary School (ASES)
The long term vision for the project is to provide an experiential opportunity for students to
learn and become involved with a community oriented, “giving back”, food system:
planting, nurturing, harvesting, preparing and providing food back to schools and the
o Students learn about, and become engaged with, growing, harvesting and preparing
local food with the intent of “giving back” to the community through school food
o To provide an educational opportunity for all levels of registered students within
Haliburton Highlands school system.
o See original proposal, Appendix #1
The content of programming aims to complement the Science, Health & Physical Ed.
curriculum, “Healthy Kids & Healthy Choices” as well as the “Feed All Four”(body, mind,
emotion, spirit) philosophy
o Enrichment programs help develop healthy eating habits & lifestyle, heightening
interest and responsibility in giving back to their community and appreciation of the
natural environment essential to growing healthy food
o ASES – funding request to TLDSB alternate/enrichment funding
Help cover Abbey Gardens & ASES staff support, student transportation and
o Food for Kids – existing funds for snack ingredients
o Abbey Gardens - partial subsidizing of human resources (programming staff,
maintenance of gardens, etc.); garden space and materials; and storage space
Student ambassadors from grades 3-7.
20 students were nominated by their teachers.
Student ambassadors nominated based on their level of natural
Grade 7 students will potentially become next fall’s mentors.
There is opportunity for students