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Education programs in LFS Orchard Garden and Agora Café Jung, Melissa; Tsao, Tiffany; Yen, Teresa


Nowadays, many youth do not have access to gardens at home, nor have they been given the knowledge, skills and motivation to participate in practicing a sustainable food system. In order to increase awareness, garden-based learning has been suggested as an important tool to promote the ecology, economic and social health of a food system. The UBC Food System Project (UBCFSP), the corner stone of Land and Food System 450: Land, Food and Community III, has provided students with an opportunity to participate in improving the current issues associated with the environment through the collaboration of 3 stakeholders from the UBC Faculty of Education and the LFS Orchard Garden (LFSOG). The task of this year’s project is to create a set of workshops focusing on outdoor education that will be offered at a week long Summer Institute aiming to educate teachers about garden-based learning. Our workshop focuses on increasing awareness of a sustainable food system and food security using LFS orchard garden located behind MacMillan building as our based model. The lesson plan is created using templates found in “Turning the Earth: A Month-by-Month Guide to Your School Garden”, which was published by Vancouver School Board. Each lesson plan includes a background of the project, goals and objectives, preparation and resources, and lastly, the lesson outlines. An example of this lesson plan is listed in the appendix section of this paper. The methods for conducting this project are mostly from literature research and comments given by the stakeholders and teaching assistant, which in turn allows us to modify our original focus in a more holistic way. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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