Summary Table of Effective Practices


So the first thing I think about is Cedar
Glen and we have a farm camp that we started last summer so we’ve got a 2 acre farm on
site that we grow organic foods on we pull it into our kitchen and we serve it to our
students and our campers but we don’t stop there, we want to engage programs on it to
really help urban youth understand where food come from, it doesn’t just come from the
corner store, it needs to come from a farm and brought to that corner store so our farm
camp engages campers and youth primarily at the GTA to understand what is a farm what
is organic then we talk about what is an acre, what can an acre support and we try to make
those connections with the farm specifically with the growing, we have pillar gardens there
so a lot of a the campers come from apartment high-rises so what we show them in a 2 acre
plot isn’t going to apply In their apartment so we want that learning for them to take
it home so we have pillar gardens so it’s a 6 foot in diameter vertical garden so you
can take 130 square feet of growing space and put it on that 6 foot diameter so you
can put it on your balcony and you can grow food just like a farm. So we really focus
on the learning pieces there the feeling aspect to it what we’ve identified is that there
needs to be a connection beyond just growing food for yourself and so we work with a local
shelter and yellow brick house women’s shelter and came out this year to the farm camp and
spoke to the campers about their programs and what the shelter does and our campers
on the day that they came out to speak made soup with the harvest from our farm that the
campers harvested their selves and at the end of yellow brick house’s presentation
the campers made soup and donated it to the shelter and the representative spoke about
what that donation meant for the shelter so it was taking that learning and attaching
that feeling to it of you can do more than feed yourself with a farm plot or a pillar
garden, you can feed those in need the behaving aspect really comes in after all of that has
a great impact not only on youth knowing where their food comes from and being a little ore
thoughtful of choosing good food over convenient food, local or organic, the two combined and
we think that once we know they have that interaction with the shelter changes behaviour
for the long term so we’ve really been deliberate to have specific outcomes that really help
sustain a healthy lifestyle and moving forward” “I think it’s more complementary so they
are learning things in school so they are learning to do an excel spreadsheet or they’re
learning how to talk about planning, I’m not sure but what happens is that they’re
doing these learning in the classroom but they’re not able to apply them in the real
life and that can be a big challenge because they may be getting great grades on making
an excel spreadsheet but they maybe never made an actual budget for an event or a project
so I think the learning comes from us that we’re able to help them enhance that knowledge
and say hey we know you have experience in a classroom but now we’re going to put you
in a real life example where you’re going to work with a budget, you have to update
it in real time, you’re going to have to play around with it, you’re going to have
to make some mistakes, you’re going to have to correct them and that’s the joy of the
work we do it’s what we get to is get to put people into real situations so when they’re
going to go into the work force or into different areas they have these tools so you know what,
not only do I know how to make an excel spreadsheet but I’ve done it before. And I think that’s
a real key when young people don’t have experience they have a challenge get a job
or getting opportunities but when the can say they’ve done this before and the employer
says you know what, we’re going ot trust you with that work so the complimenting we’re
doing and learning in the

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