Second annual Good Food in Schools forum

Posted on: March 19, 2018

Submitted by The Table Community Food Centre and foodcoreLGL

There is a growing movement in schools across Canada, a movement that is looking more closely at the food kids eat at school and that is getting them more involved with growing, making and understanding healthy foods. It is widely acknowledged that school gardens, food literacy programs and programs that provide access to healthy food can make important contributions to student learning and support their social and physical wellbeing. Many schools and community organizations throughout Lanark, and Leeds and Grenville Counties have or are interested in joining this movement. While the interest is there, many schools, parents, and local organizations aren’t sure where to start or how to get help taking their ideas from seed to harvest.

In order to inspire, support and celebrate new and existing food initiatives The Table Community Food Centre and foodcoreLGL are excited to host the second annual Good Food in Schools Forum. The all-day event will be on Wednesday March 28, 2018 at The Gallipeau Centre in Smiths Falls. The forum will be a space where educators, community organizers, parents and others interested in the promotion and implementation of healthy lunch and snack programs, school gardens, and food literacy can come together to share ideas, network and learn best practices from one another.

Jen Coorsh, coordinator of Canadian Organic Growers (COG) -Ottawa’s Growing Up Organic Program will be the event’s Keynote speaker. COG has had a long history of working within schools to bring good food and experiential garden-based learning to classrooms in and around the city of Ottawa. Jen will speak of successes, challenges, tools and resources for the creation, implementation and ongoing success of school gardens and edible classrooms.

The forum’s agenda includes many more excellent speakers and opportunities for educators, students, gardeners and farmers, and other health and food professionals to share their experiences or ask questions about fostering a healthier relationship with food and our food system among our children and youth. Please join us for the day, all are welcome. For more information and to register for the forum please visit http://thetablecfc.org/event/good-food-schools-forum-2018 or contact Coral Sproule, Youth Food Skills Coordinator at The Table coral@thetablecfc.org 613-267-6428 x 6.