Education at Elevated Eats!

Elevated Eats is a food growing test farm located at Yorkdale Shopping Centre that will grow fresh food for donation to local food banks. As part of this initiative, we have developed curriculum based education materials for Primary School teachers.

Here is a list of the activities we have available. If you would like to receive any of these, please email aileen@frankieflowers.com for more information and an order form.

Composting

Students will learn about nutrient cycling and learn to relate it to waste reduction, in the context of gardening. Students will learn the basic components that make up a compost system and how to implement a compost structure at a home, school or work place.               

Best Season(s):  Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter 

Type of Activity: Hands-on in garden and for classroom          

Available Curriculum Links: Grades 1, 2, 3

Crop Mapping   

Students will learn how to maximize the space of a standard 4’ x 8’ raised-bed garden by using information on plant size, sunlight availability, and seasonality of crops.             

Best Season(s):  Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter 

Type of Activity: Hands-on in garden and for classroom          

Available Curriculum Links: Grades 1, 2, 3

Fall Shutdown   

Students will learn how to properly close down the garden at the end of the season in a manner that will ensure healthy soil for the upcoming spring including sheet mulching. Students will discuss the pros and cons of planting a cover crop, be able to identify which crops will overwinter in Ontario

Best Season(s):  Fall       

Type of Activity: Hands-on in garden      

Available Curriculum Links: Grade 3

Garden Awakening    

    

Students will learn how to “awaken” the garden after it has been lying fallow. They will discuss the importance of adding organic soil amendments to our garden beds and learn what each type of soil amendment is used for.                

Best Season(s):  Spring and Summer       

Type of Activity: Hands-on in garden      

Available Curriculum Links: Grade 3

Garden Introductions   

Students will be introduced to all parts of the vegetable garden, the basics of growing vegetables in a raised-bed, the rules of the garden, and will engage in a group discussion to assess students' prior knowledge of organic gardening. Students will use their senses of smell, touch, and taste to identify crops currently growing in the garden.              

Best Season(s):  Spring, Summer and Fall               

Type of Activity: Hands-on in garden and for classroom          

Available Curriculum Links: Grades 1, 2, 3

Insects in the Gardens   

Students will learn to recognize and identify different types of bugs in the garden, and understand which are beneficial and which are harmful for the garden. Students will practice various types of organic pest control methods, such as making and using homemade sprays and companion planting to regulate pest populations.      

Best Season(s):  Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter 

Type of Activity: Hands-on in garden and for classroom          

Available Curriculum Links: Grade 2

Plant Anatomy and Lifecycle 

    Students will learn to identify the basic parts of a plant. They will discuss the functions and structures of each part, and learn about the life cycle of a plant through its various stages.               

Best Season(s):  Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter 

Type of Activity: Hands-on in garden and for classroom          

Available Curriculum Links: Grades 1, 2, 3

Pollination    

     

Students will review the basic parts of plants and how they relate to the process of pollination. They will be able to explain what pollination is, how it works, and why it is vital for all life on Earth.        

Best Season(s):  Spring, Summer and Fall               

Type of Activity: Hands-on in garden and for classroom          

Available Curriculum Links: Grades 1 and 3

Seeding and Planting  

 

Students will learn about the differences between seeding and transplanting in order to determine which method is appropriate for which crop, depending on the time of year and the type and amount of the crop.  Students will get a chance to practice the processes of sowing seeds and transplanting.

Best Season(s):  Spring, Summer and Fall               

Type of Activity: Hands-on in garden and for classroom          

Available Curriculum Links: Grades 1, 2, 3

Soil Science     

  

Students will learn to identify the role of soil in supporting life on Earth and will learn to characterize the different types of soil.  Students will learn how a garden bed is constructed and the tools needed to complete that process.     

Best Season(s):  Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter 

Type of Activity: Hands-on in garden and for classroom          

Available Curriculum Links: Grades 1 and 3