Groundswell has partnered with David Thompson Secondary School (DTSS) in Invermere BC. We offer growing space, seeding, plant care and harvest education to Chef Training students. Teaching the next generation of chefs about farm-to-fork advantages in the kitchen is another Applied Sustainable Living demonstration happening on campus. This program supports long term local food systems development. Once the school year is complete, Groundswell tends the crop to ensure it’s ready for harvest by students in the fall.
Groundswell Offers Two Educational Workshops for Primary & Elementary Aged Children
In collaboration with CBEEN’s Wild Voices for Kids program, Groundswell Network Society is once again offering two excellent half-day workshops for primary and elementary aged children during this 2019 spring season!
#1 – Plant and Play
Is a half-day (3 hours) bookable workshop for Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes.
The Plant and Play program introduces students to the basic survival needs of plants, the importance, parts, and lifecycle of plants. Students learn that different vegetables and plants have adapted different seeds and have a chance to match the seeds with what plant they are from. Students will plant seeds both at the Community Greenhouse and in a small pot that they can take home and watch the development. Students, teachers, and families are encouraged to return to the Groundswell Community Greenhouse to check on the progress of their plants over the season.
The program combines lessons, hands-on activities, a 5 senses sit spot, a song/chant, hands-in the dirt activities and a take away as well as games and free playtime. The program will be outside, so please dress according to the weather and with the understanding that students will be getting into the dirt (and thus dirty!).
#2 – Plant Power!
Is a half-day (3 hours) bookable workshop for Grade 2 – 4 classes (best fit is Grade 3).
The program explores the basic necessities for plant life, how various vegetables are part of a much larger food web with producers, consumers, and decomposers, and how even just amongst one type of vegetable there is much diversity. Students will have a chance to try a few different vegetables, learn about the parts of a plant and why plants grow. Students will then get their hands in the dirt by planting various plants outside of the greenhouse. The program involves interactive lessons, games, taste testing, discussions, and the planting of various plants! Be prepared to be outside for the entire duration.