The PACT Grow-to-Learn (GTL) Schoolyard Gardening Program teaches schools and communities about food and gardening. The program creates safe, experiential and positive learning environments in low-income neighbourhoods, as well as acts as a catalyst in raising awareness of important issues related to healthy eating/nutrition, food security, environmental sustainability and hunger in our schools and local communities.
Get your class involved in the garden! Click here for PACT-led curriculum workshops, lessons and garden activities for students in grades 1-12.
Over the past six years, PACT has partnered with the TDSB and TCDSB to expand its Grow-to-Learn program to meet community need; creating and transforming unused, often grey spaces into bountiful organic gardens where children and youth learn about harvesting food, sustainability and community building.
Garden Manager: Lianne O’Keefe
Volunteer Days: Daily from about 9am-4pm
Garden Manager: Kaila Clarke-Mendes
Volunteer Days: Wed & Thurs 12-5pm
The PACT gardens have a profound and positive impact on thousands of students and staff each year, connecting them directly to the wonders of the natural world and environment. As students observe and participate in the entire growing cycle from seedlings to harvest, they learn first hand about important issues related to the environment and that impact their entire community. They also truly experience compassion and empathy through the gift of giving by delivering fresh organic produce to local food banks and food/culinary programs for youth supporting those less fortunate within our communities.
The GTL gardens also provide community hubs for like-minded volunteers to get together, get their hands dirty and support the community, as well as providing paid internships for students/at-risk youth and practicum placements for college/university students during the summer months; not to mention the natural beautification the gardens bring to many of the somewhat grey and blighted neighbourhoods in which they are located. Each garden is truly an oasis and a gift to the community in so many ways attracting birds, butterflies and other pollinators.