A variety of programs and media delivered by We Grow Food inside and outside the gardens include;
What are Sustainable eating practices?
Through discussion and creative expression through sign painting we explore sustainable eating and how to become an advocate in your community
What is composting and why we do it?
We learn that Reducing, Reuse and Recycling, are important in creating sustainable communities. Composting is natures way of recycling. By understanding how composting work we look at displays of a variety of compost systems in different timelines. Students will work in groups to make compost the perfect compost pile and then a compost tea which is the perfect fertilizer and natural insecticide.
Water Conservation and Catchment
Through the timing water run off through a variety of soil qualities we learn the importance plants and trees make in our environment. We continue on to learn how to make a wicking bed and self-watering systems through capillary action. Each student has the opportunity to assemble and plant their own wicking pot
Bees and Pollinators
Some say that the end of pollinators is the end of our food. Here we discuss and dissect the parts of a flower to understand its reproductive system and the role of pollinators. Here students have the opportunity to plant a pollinator pot or build a bee condo.
Seed Saving for the Future
A hundred years ago seed saving was common practice. With over 75% of our varieties of vegetables going extinct we learn the about how to seed saving for our future. A variety of fruits and vegetables will be used to extract seeds for saving.
Using What we Grow
A part of eliminating waste is knowing how to use and store, for use at a later date, what we grow and what we purchase at markets. A display of a variety of storage methods will be reviewed including dehydrated foods using solar vs an electric dehydrating techniques. Students will then be put into groups where they are given the challenge of creating a recipe on a fixed budget (using the produce provided) and preparing food for the whole group.
Understanding Our Soil & How it Helps Things Grow
Understanding our soil is one of the first steps to successful growing. The first experiment is to identify the type of soil we have. The second experiment it looking at how water absorbs into and stays in our soil by running water through a variety of soil conditions and looking at the quality and quantity of the water that runs through it. How do the results impact our decisions on augmenting the soil and what we will grow.
Building and installing a food project
When deciding to install a garden and or raised bed, several garden building steps will have been decided on before the build while some will be completed at the build. Students will have an active role in designing the plant layout, based on plant requirements. They will then build the beds using a series of tools including, drills, hammers, staple guns, shovels, wheel barrows.
Permaculture: the food garden that keeps giving
Students will be introduced to the 12 principles of permaculture and how they are incorporated not only into our lives but into the food gardens we create. Living in harmony with nature creating sustainable communities and systems.
Part of ensuring sustainable gardening practices is about collecting, drying and preserving seeds from one year to the next. They can also be collected from common household fruits and vegetables found in your local commercial grocery store. This video, streamed from the Oshawa Public Library, is a presentation by one of our directors on how to effectively collect seeds and build wicking pots.
“This Garden is Yours” is a short documentary directed by Jessie Posthumus that describes the story of how our beautiful gardens came to be by examining the thoughts and reasons presented by our garden directors Carol Vandersanden and Michelle Perry. It also explores sustainability on a local scale and urban farming as a positive endeavor in communities!
Take a look at some of our hand selected informational videos on how to effectively take care of your home gardens!