School gardens and growing with kids

The following organizations have great examples of children’s garden programming, and many have free online resources to help you with your own garden.

City of Toronto Children’s Eco Programs

Camps, school visits, a children’s garden, teaching kitchen and more!

Black Creek Community Farm

Offers farm camps, school visits and youth internship programs


Evergreen’s programs include Greening School Grounds, Outdoor Learning & Play, Youth Leadership and Day Camps Online resources include school grounds and packages for teachers


FoodShare’s programs page has a number of tools for anyone interested in getting kids active in the garden.

Meredith Hayes, Field to Table Schools Coordinator: or call: 416-363-6441 ext. 240

Garden Jane

Offers activities at schools, farmer’s markets, festivals and events, including special programs for babies, toddlers and parents. They design activities to meet special needs. Also they offer garden design and curriculum-linked activities for schools, day cares and organizations.

Find us at or call 416-534-4656

Green Thumbs Growing Kids

Green Thumbs Growing Kids teaches urban children, youth and families how to grow and use fresh, nutritious foods in an environmentally sustainable and socially just manner. Hands-on programs are on school and park lands in the east downtown core. Their website contains a toolkit with lesson plans for garden-based learning.

For more information contact Sunday Harrison, Executive Director, or call: 647-FIT-KIDS (647) 348-5437. Website:


PACT supports and empowers at-risk young people through programs focused on food and gardening.

The Spiral Garden

The Spiral Garden is an arts and nature camp program for kids of all abilities at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

Seed to Table

Seed to Table's Instars is an organization in the Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park neighbourhood that promotes healthy eating, and a healthy environment. Our members meet up every week to cook healthy meals, work in the Danzig garden and plan events for our program. 

Castle Compost

Children’s fun & factual illustrated adventure books to help teach composting

Please contact the author Larraine R. at 705-778-1922 or email

Cathy’s Crawly Composters

Cathy’s Crawly Composters is an environmentally driven worm composting business. We supply red wiggler worms, bins, castings, books and accessories. Everything needed to get started. We offer inspirational classroom workshops and worm birthday parties. Worms in the class offer a tremendous learning opportunity!

Contact Cathy Nesbitt at or call: 1-888-775-9495

Ecological Farmers of Ontario

EFAO has a classroom guide to agriculture.

Backyard Urban Farming Company (BUFCO)

BUFCO installs raised beds and runs gardening programs for schools. 

USC Canada

USC Canada has educational resources for primary grades on seed saving.

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