Education - For Kids

Growing Lessons

We are pleased to be able to offer Growing Lessons for summer 2018!

Children can learn not just about how natural systems work in a garden—what critters and plants live where and what do they need to survive, but also about themselves.

Every child belongs in a garden

As the saying goes, more than a seed is planted in a garden. Helping plan, plant and tend a garden can cultivate attributes and life skills such as responsibility, independence, leadership empathy/caring, teamwork and problem solving.

Children often don't know where their food comes from and have no idea of the energy and work it takes to grow, transport, store and prepare their food. They will develop a better and lasting relationship with the natural world, and develop skills to take forward in all aspects of life.

The sessions that we are offering this summer are:

Mum and tots (Ages 1-3)

Saturday 9:30 am - 10:30
Explore the gardens all the tastes, textures, smells and critters.

Seeds (Ages 3-5)

Thursday or Saturday 9:30 am - 10:30
How to plant seeds, what they need to thrive and how to harvest.

Sprouts (Ages 5-8)

Wednesday 2:30-3:30 & Saturday 10:45 am -11:45 am
How plants grow, explore the world of herbs and wonderful things you can make with them.

Leaves (Ages 8-10)

Wed. 4-5pm
Learn to plant a square food garden, all about biodiversitey in a healthy garden.

$75 for six weeks (10% discount per addtional child registered)
Farm Club (& CSA) members - 52.50 per child
(The signup form is now located at the bottom of the page)

Lessons Dates
Wedensdays Starting July 11th runs till Aug. 15th
Thursdays Starting July 12th runs until Aug. 16th
Saturdays Starting July 14th runs until Aug. 18th

Depending on which day you sign up for, we will contact you by email after you sign up with more information about where to meet and what to bring with you.

At the start of each lesson, we will have a welcome time where we will sing songs, do a little yoga, and discuss what we will be learning that day. Each child will get a little notebook where they can draw a picture or write down things that they want to remember. They will get to take their notebook home with them at the end of the session.

Things that your child will learn may include:
- Planting seeds
- What seeds need to grow and thrive
- Biodiversity, about pests and diseases of plants
and much more including increasing their connection to the earth.

Our hope is that these lessons will be a system where your child can move through the levels and, in the future, help to pass on their growing knowledge to the younger children in the program.

If you would like to sign up for our Growing Lessons, you can fill out our online form below. We will take the utmost care to make sure that this information remains confidential.

Sign Up Form

If you have any questions or concerns
contact Kim at 705-719-8705 or

Summer Growing Camp

August Monday 20th - Friday 24th

Join us for a week of growing, learning and fun in the gardens
For kids aged 6-9

Activities we’ll do and learn:
•How food grows
•How to take care of chickens
•Lots of fun crafts
•Lots and lots of exploring!

Dates: August Monday 20th - Friday 24th
Drop off: 9 AM
Pickup: 4 PM

(pay what you can option available)

Before and after care available by arrangement
Lunch and Snacks will be included