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Market garden creates an outdoor classroom at Vancouver School

Jamie Latimer, Kathleen Olds, Ilana Labow of Fresh Roots, Sam Kaser and Jane Buckshon will transform muddy school fields into a market garden. Photo by Kevin Griffin.

School project will also be commercial operation

By Kevin Griffin
Vancouver Sun
February 8, 2013


Students at Vancouver Technical secondary school will be digging in the dirt this spring when they begin transforming several muddy areas into a market garden.

The school’s organic garden, along with a similar one at David Thompson Secondary, will be funded through a $35,000 grant to Fresh Roots Schoolyard Market Gardens from the Greenest City Fund.

It is one of 17 projects selected for a total of $391,500 in funding by the four-year program, which is a joint initiative by the city and the Vancouver Foundation. The winning projects were announced Thursday at a news conference.

Fruit and vegetable gardens at public schools aren’t new. What is new is creating a commercial operation that doubles as an outdoor classroom on school property, according to Ilana Labow, director of Fresh Roots.

“What is most unique is that it’s the first working urban farm on school grounds that’s signing a licensing agreement,” she said in an interview. “It’s beyond a school garden – it’s a commercial, productive market garden.”

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