The Groundbreakers Collective, and the Bulkey Valley Farmers Market are teaming up to teach kids about local food.
“It’s about connecting ourselves with where our food comes from and helping our kids to discover local, sustainable food,” Bulkey Valley Farmers Market coordinator Kala Hooker said.
Two weeks ago Hooker and the Groundbreakers Collective held a local food day at Telkwa Elementary school.
They brought in animals for a petting zoo, taught specific lessons about eggs and milk and gave some kids a tour of a local farm.
The food day was part of a larger Groundbreakers Collective initiative, featuring lesson plans designed for elementary school kids that are focused on experiential food education.
One teaches kids about local food security, through calculating how far their food has travelled to reach their plate and how to access that locally grown food.
The other takes a more hands-on approach, allowing kids to design and plant their own gardens.
“We get them to draw a garden using chalk and they have to scale out how much room they have for their cabbages or their potatoes,” Groundbreakers’ Jen Hegen said. “They have to consider all the factors that go into planning vegetable growing.”
So far, the collective has taught the program to kids at Telkwa and Muheim and they have reached out to Walnut Park about beginning one there.
The collective is also planning to release their annual local food directory – a guide to local food producers in the Bulkey Valley – in the coming days.
Of note: the farmers market is starting up a local food ambassador program.
Hooker is hoping to recruit volunteers to come out to work on local farms for a day to learn about the process, then teach what they’ve learned to others at a booth at the farmers market. For more information, contact Kala at 250-643-9088.