Little Sprouts Gardening Program

Learning how plants grow in the garden

“Over the summer months I accessed the community garden program at ESFP. My children and I learned about growing food and the connections between gardens and kitchens. ESFP is a great community,” parent program participant.

poster garden fundraiserPlease join us on Thursday July 7 for our fundraising Garden Party. It will be a lovely evening in the garden and fun for all ages. Tickets are now available at the Britannia Information Office or by contacting Ian at the Grandview Woodland Food Connection: 604-718-5895.

Little Sprouts provides young children, toddler to early age six, and their parents/caregivers with hands-on, nature-based learning opportunities in a community garden, including planting, tending, harvesting and cooking locally-grown foods. For families that have limited access to green spaces, Little Sprouts provides important first experiences and first lessons about growing foods and caring for our environment. Children also have opportunities to enjoy nature and garden-based craft activities, stories, circle times and other open-air activities. Recent research findings suggest that outdoor activities and exercise are integral to general health and well-being.

ESFP offers a variety of age-appropriate workshops throughout the gardening season, from early spring until fall’s harvest. Please join us! Check out our monthly calendar for upcoming dates or contact Gaye Ferguson for more information. Note, an ESFP $20 membership is required. 

Eastside Family Place is a contributing member of the Britannia Community Garden and enjoys a designated garden plot where the Little Sprouts program takes place. ESFP has also partnered with Grandview-Woodland Food Connections to participate in a global twinning project with a school garden in Tanzania, Secondary Education for Girls in Africa (SEGA). ESFP also works collaboratively with Environmental Youth Alliance.

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