By Tyler Sutherland
Food Matters Manitoba will provide 100 gardening kits to Manitoba schools, helping children and youth learn about their food system, engage in new food skills, and reap the benefits of home-grown food.
Through a partnership with TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Sage Garden Herbs, the kits will be distributed to schools on a first-come, first-served basis.
Schools in both rural and urban areas have already begun signing up for the kits, which are contingent on teachers agreeing to participate in the 2013 Dig In Challenge — a Food Matters Manitoba initiative to help families and youth across the province learn about healthy, local, sustainable and fair food. The Dig In Challenge will officially begin in February 2013, and schools will begin growing their gardens in the spring.
School kits include soil mixes, vegetable and herb seeds, a full-spectrum light bulb for indoor seed starting, and teacher resources.