Grow-to-Learn
Schoolyard Gardens

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 Connecting and transforming communities. 

PACT Grow-to-Learn (GTL) teaches schools and communities about food and gardening. GTL feeds families and seniors in under-resourced neighbourhoods, it creates safe, green spaces for pollinators, and it transforms communities in the Greater Toronto Area.

Our organic school gardens/urban farms provide safe, experiential, and positive learning environments and help to raise awareness of important issues related to healthy eating, nutrition, environmental sustainability, and food security in our schools and local communities.

PACT has partnered with both of Toronto’s main school boards to expand its Grow-to-Learn program to meet community need, creating and transforming unused, often grey spaces into bountiful organic gardens where children and youth learn about harvesting food, sustainability, and community building.

Living classrooms, organic food sources, and community gathering spaces in three Toronto school gardens

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David Wilson Memorial Garden at John Polanyi CI

640 Lawrence Ave. W at Allen Rd.

GTL Program Manager: Ashley Edwards, ashley@pactprogram.ca.

 

Garden Site Manager: Catherine Church, catherine@pactprogram.ca.

Student Volunteer Hours: Available by scheduled appointment only.
 

Community Volunteer Days: Available by scheduled appointment only.
 

Community Compost Markets & Weekly Community Dinners (all welcome): On hold until further notice.

The land that we grow and gather on is in the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Chippewa, and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Today this meeting place is still home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and gather on this land.

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Elmbank Junior Middle Academy Fruit Orchard

10 Pitsboro Drive at Martin Grove Rd.

Site Manager: Nicolas Betancourth Giraldo, nicolas@pactprogram.ca.

Programming at the Elmbank Orchard and Learning Space is currently available to students in all grades at Elmbank JM.

The land we grow and gather on is in the traditional territories of the Petun, Haudenosaunee, Anishinabewaki, Mississauga, Wendake-Niowentsïo, and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

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Accessibility Garden at Thistletown Collegiate Institute

20 Fordwich Drive at Islington.

Site Manager: Nicolas Betancourth Giraldo, nicolas@pactprogram.ca.

This space is currently being converted. Stay tuned for more details!

The land we grow and gather on is in the traditional territories of the Petun, Haudenosaunee, Anishinabewaki, Mississauga, Wendake-Niowentsïo, and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS

Get your class involved in hands-on, outdoor learning! Open seasonally from April to mid-October

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Outdoor, experiential learning in our vibrant living classrooms. Book a garden tour or choose one of our hands-on, curriculum-linked workshops for students grades 1-12. 

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Volunteer Opportunities

Get your hands dirty and support the community. Students can acquire community service volunteer hours.

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Community Market

Community hubs that bring families and seniors together to share in fresh, organic, locally-grown food. Learn about our unique Community Compost Exchange Program.

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Corporate Events

Book a corporate volunteering event with your team and give back to the community  together.

PACT Grow to Learn is a Good Food Organization




Learn more at www.goodfoodorganizations.ca

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MEET THE GTL TEAM

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Ashley Edwards
Program Manager

 

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Catherine Church
JPCI Site Manager

 

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Nicolas Betancourth Giraldo
TCI & Elmbank Site Manager