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School Food System

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Jovina Low

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Food System Model Earth School concept Goals and Objectives Students Key Stakeholders Food Buyer's Club
The school 's community garden produces a variety of quality vegetables and fruits with low prices for the community or people in the neighbourhood to purchase which is very similar to UBC farms market. Internal and External
Interaction Kitchen Inputs and Outputs GRANDVIEW
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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Indoor Components Neighbourhood Located in the Grandview woodland community on the east side of Vancouver.

Sky train route right across from the school (noisy),
though away from traffic.
Surrounded mostly by residential area.

A few blocks away from Commercial Drive, the
neighbourhood’s main street and heart of the community.
Numerous and diverse food services around, especially at the skytrain station (mostly fast foods).

The local community population has a high percentage of people who identify themselves as aboriginal. Boundaries Increase outdoor learning time for students and learning through hands on experiences.

Provide an environment for children and families to actively engage with the Earth and each other.

Educate both students and parents to become self resilient.

Enhance understanding of our individual responsibility as global citizens. Projects Outdoor Cooking Facilities Natural playground Gardens School Goal : To increase students' ownership of and engagement in their own learning. Presently enrolled with 160 K-7 students with diverse ethnic backgrounds ( Eg: aboriginal, Filipino, Vietnamese, Spanish, Chinese ..etc).

Many students come from low income or single parent families.

Similar to the diversity of nature, these multi-ethnic students rely on others and themselves to learn how to be self-reliant and the importance of eating healthy. Implemented a unique idea of utilizing an open space instead of a constructed playground to let not only water, but one's imagination flow as well! -The Ethnobotanical Garden
-The Bosque
-The Community Garden
-The Butterfly Garden
-The School Garden Boxes These numerous gardens engage and enriche not only the school community but also youths, artists and elders. Students can appreciate sustainability as well as other factors like self-sufficiency, multiculturalism, and the importance of organic and more nutritious foods.

The community garden produces fresh vegetables and fruits for the Food Buyer's club to respond to the community's need of reasonably priced produce.

A key factor in this schools growth is its roots to the First Nation peoples. It is evident from the choice of plants grown in certain gardens like the Ethnobotanical Garden or in the aboriginal architectural styles used to built many other components of the school. The Salish Patio and Drinking Fountain"symbolize water as a source of life in a place of beauty." Parents

Teachers are indispensable aids that incorporates experiential outdoor learning with the set curriculum and help students understand their place in the environment.

They serve as the connection maker between students and the Earth by passing down their knowledge of the food system.

Eg: teachers would teach about the aboriginal story of Three sisters and incorporate bean soup making in their curriculum. Compost system Earth Tub

The earth tub is the highlight of the
school's sustainable food system that also educates the students on the concept of food waste management. Grandview Elementary cafeteria consists of a small multipurpose kitchen, benches and tables. This area is also where the famous Grandview Salad Bar is held on Fridays.


The salad bar, run by Brent Mansfield is a fun way for children to learn by eating foods that are lower in sodium, fat and sugars while enjoying the outdoors.

The school also hosted an activity where students were assigned to collect buckwheat from the garden and grind it up to make their own pancakes. Delicious! Teachers Parents in the school's community have a profound influence on the school's food system as they are an important group that serves as the ultimate source of education, upbringing and modeling for the younger generation. Grandview's Compost system has not been working for years and students of UBC and community members can come up with a way of fixing it so that we can not only give back to their community but increase students' active awareness of composting. Funders
Ministry of Education -> VSB
The Community LINK program provides funding to schools struggling in academic achievement and social functioning which helps the schools to provide breakfast and hot lunch services.
The important partnership between the school and VSB ensures the disadvantaged students are not left on the fringes of the food system.

Ministry of Health
The Farm to School program provides funding to the school's salad bar program. The Fresh Roots Urban Farm provides some of the produce for the school to purchase. Food produced from a quarter acre of the school's garden is sold to Van Tech and other schools through this program. Coordinators Garden Coordinator
Brent Mansfield

Food Program Coordinator
Ignazia Boucher

The coordinators are the hearts of the school's food system as they represent the community's connection to the school through the grants they receive.

Brent Mansfield has grown the community garden by 12 new plots, all of which are used by families whose kids go to the school. Without him the gardens, a key element in the school's earth school concept, would not be as successful as it is today. Garden 1. Compost

2. Addition of growing space

3. Revitalization of Ethno botanic garden Community UBC Partnerships Kids and Garden Kids and Cafeteria VSB(Breakfast & Hot lunch program)

Boys and Girls Club offers variety of programs for students out of school time ( such as gardening, cooking classes ...etc) with snacks provided.

The BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program delivers healthy fruit and vegetable snacks to the school to increase consumption of and raise awareness of local grown produce.
. 1. Fresh produce from the garden
2. Ingredients purchased elsewhere
3. Teamwork between students and chefs to create food helps increase interpersonal growth Think&Eat Green Program
Students from UBC LFS faculty visit the schools and try to build a network of VSB teachers and students, University faculty and students, and community partners, committed and inspired to promote change in school food systems, reduce the school-level environ-mental impacts, and foster food citizenship among students, staff, and administrators. 1. Labour of planting, harvesting, and tending
2. Seeds
3. Fertilizer - Nutritious food ( Salad bar)
- Higher engagement with outdoor learning
- Compost
- Sustainable food system within the school
- Fresh produce
- Community liaison Human Boundaries:

The Students who are the central focus of the food system are determined by the school district’s zoning.

The people involved in the community gardens are restricted to parents of attending students and those in the local community. Food Boundaries

The types of food offered to students in the breakfast and hot lunch programs are determined by the Vancouver School Board who follow the boundaries set by Canada’s Food Guide.

The type of food grown in the school gardens is limited by those that can easily be grown in the local climate. Cafeteria not only serves as a place for delicious food from hot lunch program and fresh salad made from school's gardening produce but also a place where special events are held. kids learn to plant, tend, irrigate, and harvest with the guidance of teachers, adult mentors and the garden coordinator.

Through hands on experience, kids enhance their understanding of the environment and food system they are a part of.

They grow up with the plants and get a chance to interact with nature. The garden gives them fresh fruits and vegetables in return. This picture taken in the teachers lounge shows the cooperation of Grandview with BCSFVNP Fresh bell peppers stocked up in the fridge of the teachers who are exemplary of eating healthy!
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