Vancouver Schools Needed for Workshops Facilitated by Think & Eat Green @ School & UBC Land & Food Systems Students!

salad in jarThink & Eat Green at school is looking for 20 Vancouver schools to participate in these exciting food systems workshops!

Since 2009, university students from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at UBC have been trained to facilitate a 60-minute food system workshop with grade 2-12 students within a specific classroom or with a school club in VSB schools.

School visits begin in January, with workshops scheduled for early March. Read on & pass this along!

Workshop Options

  • Establishing a Vermicomposting System
  • Garden Planning for a Spring Harvest
  • Baking Bread
  • Tea from the Garden
  • Salad in a Jar

– The university students (in groups of 4-6) are assigned to individual classrooms, and will deliver 1 workshop.  Their first visit to the assigned classroom will be on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

– The purpose of this initial session is for the students to meet the school partner(s), get a sense of the school food system and discuss the logistics of their workshop to allow them to adapt age-appropriate content and activities.

– The workshop will then be scheduled in consultation with the classroom teacher for either Tuesday, March 4 OR March 11, 2014, during the time period between 1-3 pm or 3-4 pm.  Unfortunately, these are the only dates that we can offer the workshops due to constraints in our UBC course schedule!

*** If you are interested and available on the above dates, please select your top 3 choices of workshops. We hope that everyone will receive their #1 choice but due to logistics and planning, this might not occur!***

Workshop Descriptions


Grade Level: Grade 2 – 12

According to Metro Vancouver data, 44% of the materials that end up in our landfills are organic wastes. Composting is a key component to a sustainable food system and schools are ideal locations for experimenting with a variety of methods for turning our food scraps into a usable end product for growing food. One of the most desired soil conditioners on the market are worm castings, the result of having a specific species of worms, Red Wigglers, process organic waste into ‘black gold’. Vermicomposting is ideal for classrooms as these systems are inexpensive, easy to maintain, and can be set up inside, allowing for year round composting.


Garden Planning for a Spring Harvest

Grade Level: Grade 2 – 12

In Vancouver, we are blessed with a mild climate, perfect for growing vegetables in early spring and that can be harvested well before the end of the school year. LFS 250 students will help your classroom discover a wide variety of plants to incorporate into your school garden to help your class plan and prepare for an early harvest.  The workshop will include starting seeds indoors in seed trays with potting mix.


–       Garden space at the school


Baking Bread

Grade Level: Grade 2 – 12

Baking bread in a classroom is a great way to get students excited about cooking. LFS 250 students will come to your classroom with all the necessary ingredients to make a simple bread recipe with your students and share some fresh-baked bread. In small groups, everyone will have a chance to touch, feel and taste their way to understanding the process of adding flour, yeast and sugar together to make a fresh loaf of bread.


–       Access to a fridge and stove in your school.

–       Not recommended for classrooms with students that have gluten allergies.

Tea from the Garden

Grade Level: Grade 4 – 12

Some of the easiest plants to grow in your classroom and on school grounds also make the best teas. This workshop will explore the tastes, histories and comforting properties of common school garden herbs (e.g. rosemary, sage, mint, and thyme). Making tea in a classroom can provide a calming routine to transition between activities and is an easy way to bring plants, the garden and nature into the classroom all year round.


–       Classroom tea mugs

–       2 classroom teapots (LFS 250 students will bring 2 as well)

–       Access to an electric kettle (LFS 250 students will bring one as well)


Salad in a Jarsalad2

Grade Level: Grade 2 – 12

This workshop will demonstrate the ease of creating a nutritious and filling salad for a school lunch – one that travels easily and looks beautiful! LFS 250 students will bring in the necessary ingredients to create the salad (e.g. grains, vegetables and dressing) and explore the connection between the garden and healthy eating.


Click here to view recipes & step-by-step instructions on how to build & pack your salad in a jar!

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