Limestone continues to enhance and expand its partnership with Loving Spoonful’s school-garden based GROW Project which teaches students at 12 elementary schools about good food, community, and collaboration.
Working in school gardens, elementary students 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.
School gardens serve as a platform for students to learn more about issues related to sustainability, hunger and community responsibility.
GROW reaches beyond our classrooms by interacting with the surrounding community, as schools donate a significant portion of the food they grow to Loving Spoonful’s Grow a Row campaign. The fresh produce is donated to agencies and shelters in Kingston, providing them with healthy produce to incorporate into meals for community members.
Starting in 2017, the GROW Project will be established at 16 new elementary schools in KFL&A over the next three years thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.