The Vancouver School Board will be looking at adopting a new food policy incorporating school food gardens, at tonight’s board meeting.
According to COPE school trustee, Jane Bouey, "Making it easier for school communities to set up school food gardens has been a priority of mine for years. I’ve seen first hand how much students get out of gardening."
The draft Vancouver Board of Education (VBE) policy states ‘garden-based learning can enhance academic achievement through integration of hands-on experiences into diverse subjects such as math, science, nutrition and environmental education.’ The VBE Food Gardens Process document will outline the process of planning, designing, implementing, maintaining and sustaining school and daycare food gardens (located on VBE property) to ensure their success over the long term. The full policy can be seen at http://www.vsb.bc.ca/sites/default/files/10Feb10_op_commIII_itemB3.pdf
Bouey continues, “the food produced can be used by school cafeterias, and will increase the food security of the school community."