Grow For You Inc. School Program
Eric Dionne - System designer and hydroponics specialist
Kate Mooney - Social worker with a special interest in community
led food security initiatives.
Kate and Eric are the co-founders of Grow for You Inc. They share a
passion for people, community, and knowledge sharing. Both are skilled
group facilitators with all ages. Programming can be delivered in English or French.
The Grow for You Inc. school program is aimed at promoting gardening to grow and share food as well as introducing young people to the numerous benefits and approaches to gardening. Our priority is generating excitement, supporting student led initiatives and fostering attitudes of wellbeing, collective good and competency among staff and students alike.
At Grow for You Inc. our area of emphasis is hydroponics as it allows year-round indoor growing, addresses most challenges faced in traditional agriculture and can be customized to suit the physical needs of all would be gardeners. However, we encourage all forms of gardening and seek to connect young people to their own values and a deeper understanding of food systems.
Previous collaboration with schools has resulted in:
Air quality experiments and improvement
Food production for school use
Food production for food bank donations
Cultivation of plants for gifting during special events
Student led experiments in aquaponics, magnetism and cultivating strawberries
New relationships between Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut based schools for knowledge sharing and collaboration
Educators seeking ways to bring food literacy, holistic well-being and agricultural knowledge into the school culture will find this program highly valuable.
Schools or school groups looking to begin a garden project are encouraged to use this program as part of their development and implementation process.
Key words: experiential learning, community, collective action, empowerment, health, embodiment, sustainability, sharing, food, nutrition.
Programming can be adjusted to the needs of all age groups and grades. We happily collaborate with educators to create the best module for your program goals.
Where might a conversation about food systems, gardening fit in the school curriculum?
There are quite a number of opportunities to align gardening, aeroponics, hydroponics, food provision and community/mutual aid discussions with the current Ontario Curriculum, particularly given the recently announced 2022 amendments.
Science & Technology, Life Systems, Matter & Energy
Ecology, needs of living organisms, agriculture, sustainability
Interconnectedness with the natural world, nutrition, active living
Structures & Mechanisms
Form, function & design
Structures in action
Innovation, design and problem-solving