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Urban farm on Vancouver School Board property first of its kind in Canada

Thursday, March 28, 2013 6:51
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Growing food and selling it back into the neighbourhood as well as institutional cafeterias

By Emily Jackson
Metro News
March 26, 2013


By next fall, Vancouver Technical Secondary School students will be able to eat fresh kale, arugula and turnips harvested from the school’s field.

The eastside high school is the first in the country to host a commercial urban farm on school board property, Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society director Ilana Labow said as she and a team of student volunteers broke ground on the garden on Tuesday. While her society has helped with school gardens before, this is the first larger scale farm.

It’s an idea so appetizing to other schools that Labow has already had calls from across North America asking how to replicate Fresh Roots’ agreement with the school board.

“More and more teachers are really keen on using gardens as outdoor learning classrooms,” Labow said, pointing to reductions in bullying, unique ways to engage students in subjects such as biology and learning about healthier food choices.

The school provides the land and Fresh Roots provides the labour – crucial in the summer months when school is out – education for teachers and fresh food for the cafeteria. By selling what it grows on the land, the non-profit expects to make enough to cover operational costs, Labow said.

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