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Growing School Gardens Conference: Best Practices for Sustainable Success

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York University

4700 Keele Street

104 Scholars Walk - Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies Building, Room 141

Toronto, ON M3J 1P3


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Through research and more than 4 years of practical experience in building school gardens, Leila Mireskandari, the founder and director of Kids' Growing City and alumna of York University Environmental Studies have found best practices to building successful school gardens and sustaining the success year after year. And she will share her findings with you in this conference.

You/your teacher delegates will learn how to:

  • Build school gardens with minimum budget and time.

  • Connect gardens to curriculum via modern learning.

  • Run an in-school gardening program without spending extra time.

  • Fully engage students in building, maintaining and harvesting.

  • Teach growing food in the most possible experiential way.

  • Accomplish all that easily, without overwhelming teachers, care takers or admin staff or heavily relying on parents.

If set-up and ran correctly, school garden programs can connect students to natural origin of their food, promote healthy life habits (including healthy eating), empower them to spend time outside and engage parents community in participating.

  • If your teachers have been asking for a school garden but you've been hesitating because of the fear of unknown, you are not alone!

  • If you've been encouraging your teachers to start a garden but they don't step into it because of the fear of unknown, they are not alone!

  • If you have already tried to do this but did not get the success you were hoping for, you are not alone either!

  • If you've been trying to get it started but you keep hitting time, budget or regulatory obstacles, you are not alone either!

In any of the cases above this conference is for you!

DATE: Tuesday, January 16, 2018


8:45am: Breakfast is served

9:10am: Part1: Best Practices for School Gardens' Sustainable Success

10:30pm: Break - Light refreshments are served

10:40am: Part 2: Best Strategies to Employ at Your School

12:00pm: Session Ends

LOCATION: York University, 4700 Keele Street
Health Nursing & Environmental Studies Building (HNES)
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3, Room Number: 141

DIRECTIONS: The campus is located west of Keele Street, north of Finch Avenue, east of
Jane Street and south of Steeles Avenue. HNES building is at 104 Scholars Walk - Building #31 on Campus Map:


Public Transit directions can be found online at:

New York University Campus Subway station is scheduled to open before this event.

Driving Directions can be found at http://maps.info.yorku.ca/keelecampus/keele-driving-directions/

PARKING: The Arboretum Parking Garage (#80 on the map below) would be the
best lot to park in. Enter the Campus from Keele Street, heading west on
Pond Rd. Make a right on Arboretum Lane. The Parking Garage will be on
your left.

For other parking lots on campus visit: http://www.yorku.ca/parking/

REFRESHMENTS: Breakfast will be served in room 141, starting at 8:45am.

SPECIAL NOTES: Please be advised that photographs will be taken at the event for use in
Kids' Growing City publications. If you have any questions, please call or e-mail
Leila Mireskandari at 416-494-5059 or Leilam@kidsgrowingcity.ca

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