At ONFE, we believe that nutrition doesn’t stop at a healthy breakfast – it is enriched and empowered by an understanding of where food comes from, and through encouraging engagement with fresh food from seed to plate.

Kids learn best when they can see, feel, touch and fully experience the subject matter they are studying. That being true, can you think of a better way to teach children about plants and nutrition, and to support healthy eating, than to grow vegetables in the classroom?

Classroom Gardens brings indoor gardening into classrooms across all four Ottawa school boards. Throughout the school year, and even through the cold winter months, these students are growing plants from seed, and learning in a hands-on way about plant life-cycles, nutrition, and entrepreneurship. Most importantly, students have the opportunity to eat the food they’ve grow, which is a proven way to get kids excited about eating healthy, fresh vegetables.

We work with the aeroponic (no soil) Tower Gardens as well as soil based Garden Towers, which include a build-in vermicompost. 

Windowsill Gardens

The Windowsill Gardens were launched in 2021 for in-person learning and virtual classroom models. It helped students and teachers to start their own mini gardens at home, planting 4 different edible plant varieties.

We also offered robust support to teachers, with newly developed comprehensive lesson plans, demonstrations, and scientific experiments.

Depending on interest we may continue to offer this program in the 2022-23 school year. 

About the Program

Fuel kids – ignite learning

Classroom Gardens is offered at schools with ONFE’s School Breakfast Program, linking nutritious food with nutrition education.

Are you a gardener? Join our journey!

Follow along on social as students and teachers grow food in classrooms and at home. Share your own garden photos to connect!

Support Ottawa kids

Just like all ONFE programs, Classroom Gardens is offered at no charge to students to remain accessible. Help us teach kids about healthy food and the growing cycle.