Spring 2018 School Programs Consultation

Here Is How We Can Support You:

On top of the exciting programs you see below:

  • We also offer online courses to teachers; you can find HERE.
  • We offer to design a custom virtual coaching program for your teachers. Contact me (Leilam@Kidsgrowingcity.ca) if that's what interests you.
  • To help your Parent Council raise funds for below programs, we recommend 2 exciting Fund Raising Projects below:

1) at PlantBest™. 50% of funds raised go back to the school. To get help with fundraising contact Mary Jo, Manager, Educational Fundraising Programs plantbestinc@gmail.com Ph# 416-220-6957 https://plantbest.com/fund-raising/

2) at Bag2School which is a free fundraising tool helping schools divert unwanted textile waste from landfill and educate students and families about the growing landfill textile crisis. A Bag2School fundraiser is not only an opportunity to raise additional funds for your School Gardening Program but you will also earn valuable Eco Credits from both Ontario Eco Schools and TDSB Eco Schools. To book or for more information please visit www.bag2schoolfundraising.com

(Disclaimer: None of the proceeds from any of the above fundraising projects go to Kids' Growing City. We only recommend these for their alignment with Kids' Growing City's mission)


Our 2018-2019 Programs

We will run our 10-week comprehensive food-growing program at your school. Your interested teachers can get trained by shadowing our teachers as well as online access to our classes. 

Our programs connect to Ontario Curriculum in literacy, science, family studies, health and wellness, modern learning, and much more.

This program starts at the beginning of April. 

Please book a consultation to meet and discuss. 

The fee for this consultation is $100. 

The 10-week programs fees are as follows:

4 Classes (40 hours of programming) $4,900

3 Classes (30 hours of programming) $3,950

2 Classes (20 hours of programming) $2,975

CONTACT US AT EDUCATE@KIDSGROWINGCITY.CA OR 416-494-5059 TO DISCUSS


***New Programs***

Your teachers are rsponsible for teaching and running work sessions with your students (My team will not teach or facilitate). Your teacher will have the following individual support from me:

1) Access to all 10 Lesson Plans my teachers utilize in our programs (Priceless cause we have never sold these outside of our programs and we don't intend to)  

2) Access to my online starter course called "School Garden Fast Track" (Value of $200 on the website)  

3) Access to my online course called "Indoor Seed Starting in Schools" (Value of $97 on the website)  

4) 6 Months access to my upcoming School Garden Teachers Club (will be priced at at least $15/month = $90 for 6 months) from March to August. I will be showing teachers how to prepare, how to teach each one of the lessons and how to build and maintain the garden with their students and also will provide them all kinds of support to help them succeed.  

5) Four 1-hour on-site consultations with me. Scheduled as follows: 1- Early March to give head-starting advice to your teacher and answer any preliminary questions s/he might have. 2- At the beginning of her/his club, after March-Break 3- In the middle of the club (during the 5th week) 4- At the end of her club (during the 10th week) (value of $400, my hourly rate for consultation is $100/session)  

6) Email support for your teacher to ask her/his questions and get answer from me in 10 emails (1 email per week during her/his club) with unlimited questions per email. OR the option to schedule a half-hour ZOOM call with me and ask her/his questions directly on an exclusive video conference with me. (value of $500, at $100/hour rate, assuming it would approximately take me half an hour to answer an email or be in a zoom call for half an hour a week) 

$1,500 per teacher 

$1,900 for 2 teachers

We will run the same 10-week spring program you see above, with 1 or more regular classrooms (as in-school) + 1 club session (at lunch-time for example).  

We need the following criteria for your club though:  

  • Not casual. Meaning, just like a band club, interested students who register for the club, understand that they have to participate every time. We need to be able to plan the work according to number of helping hands we have in the garden. And we need the same students, to ensure continuous learning. 
  • You assign 1 teacher (usually Eco-Club lead) to be present in the club sessions. This teacher can of course shadow and learn from us so s/he can bring this club in-house in upcoming years.


NOTE: We cannot financially justify running our programs for only 1 club. There has to be a minimum of 2 classes in the program.

Fees are exactly as the 10-week spirng program above.


We will run ONLY the 5 crucial lessons that makes your school garden.

4 building/planting lessons (4 weeks in a row starting first week of April) and 1 harvest lesson (at the end of the season)

We need the following criteria to run this program:  

  • Engaging your community for summer watering and setting a schedule with them will be your responsibility. We will not have the chance to do that for you because we only spend 5 weeks at your school. 
  • Running a smooth rotating watering schedule among your students is your responsibility during the 5 weeks that we will be absent, between session 4 and session 5 (harvest). We will not be able to supervise or support you during those weeks since we won't be at your school. Please understand that your garden will not flourish if it is not watered well and all the work has to happen by your students. So this requires close attention and supervision from your teachers.

The 5-week programs fees are as follows:

4 Classes (20 hours of programming) $2,975

3 Classes (15 hours of programming) $2,250

2 Classes (10 hours of programming) $1,500

CONTACT US AT EDUCATE@KIDSGROWINGCITY.CA OR 416-494-5059 TO DISCUSS


This program is ONLY for schools we have already worked with in spring. 

It is exactly the same in structure, scheduling, duration (starting mid-September) and price...

BUT has a very different curriculum in which we teach fall-related harvesting and growing material and complete the entire 1 whole year of growth cycle, by closing the garden for winter.

If we work together in spring and you were interested in our fall program, we will talk at that point.


Frequently Asked Questions

How does this program connect to the curriculum? 

Our programs connect well with school boards’ focus on health & wellness and modern learning, principal’s target on inclusivity, community, student participation and engagement, authentic learning and student achievement as well as with Ontario curriculum on literacy, biodiversity, water, soil, plant lifecycle, family studies, etc.  

Who pays for supplies and materials?  

All supplies and material that are used up in the classroom as part of our programming will be covered by Kids’ Growing City. Examples are; organic seeds and potting soil, seed starter cups, craft material, etc. 

All supplies and material that stay with and becomes an asset of the school after end date of the program, will be paid by you (could be coordinated by Kids’ Growing City). Examples are, big containers and raised beds, bulk soil and mulch, trellises, rain barrels, trees, compost bins, etc. These are not all necessary for all schools. We will inform you of your school’s needs and estimate of your expenses during the consultation. And we coordinate with your school before ordering anything for you. There will be no surprise expenses! 

Please note that Kids’ Growing City is an educational institution and does not sell any physical products of its own. 

How can we find funding to pay for the program? 

In the past, schools have paid for our programs using the following sources: 

1) Principal’s or School’s Budget; Our programs connect very well with school boards’ focus on health & wellness and modern learning, principal’s target on inclusivity, community, student participation and engagement, authentic learning and student achievement as well as with Ontario curriculum on literacy, biodiversity, water, soil, plant lifecycle, family studies, etc.

2) Parent Council fundraising; Parents love the idea of their children learning such practical hands-on authentic skill which connects them with healthy eating and environmental stewardship. 

To help your Parent Council raise funds for below programs, we recommend 2 exciting Fund Raising Projects below: 1. at PlantBest™. 50% of funds raised go back to the school. To get help with fundraising contact Mary Jo, Manager, Educational Fundraising Programs plantbestinc@gmail.com Ph# 416-220-6957 https://plantbest.com/fund-raising/  

2. at Bag2School which is a free fundraising tool helping schools divert unwanted textile waste from landfill and educate students and families about the growing landfill textile crisis. A Bag2School fundraiser is not only an opportunity to raise additional funds for your School Gardening Program but you will also earn valuable Eco Credits from both Ontario Eco Schools and TDSB Eco Schools. To book or for more information please visit www.bag2schoolfundraising.com  

(Disclaimer: None of the proceeds from any of the above fundraising projects go to Kids' Growing City. We only recommend these for their alignment with Kids' Growing City's mission)

3) Parents of those classrooms we teach the program to divide the expense between them and principal helps out those who cannot pay. 

4) Grant money teachers or parents apply for and receive from organizations such as Evergreen Brickworks or other foundations. 

5) A combinations of all the above. What we have found out is, where the will is there, the money shows up!

What's the schedule for fee payment?

We charge 50% of the program fee upfront (to be able to pay our teachers and purchase material) and 50% half-way into the program, on Session #6 (to be able to continue to pay our teachers and purchase material).

Who works in the garden?  

The students and the students ONLY! No adults, teachers, parents, admin staff or caretakers are to work in the garden. All building, planting, maintaining, watering and harvesting will be done by your students as part of the program.

What is expected of our teachers?  

Your teachers will do NOTHING but supervise and assign chores to their students. And learn from us if interested! We would LOVE to teach them so you don’t have to hire us back next year! 

What is expected of our caretakers?  

Your caretakers will need to do nothing extra other than generally supporting your students to perform their assigned tasks. For example, give the key to water tap to your teachers for watering.

What is expected of our parents community?  

During the school year? Nothing! During summer though you would need their support for watering the garden, and ONLY watering, if you don’t have a partnering daycare or a similar program running in your school. We will guide you to set up a watering schedule with your community before the end of school year. 

Will you run the 10-week program for our clubs (eco-club or garden-club for example)?  

Years of experience in this field has shown us that building a successful and sustainable school garden requires structure, persistence, student engagement and a curriculum connected series of lesson plans. Clubs unfortunately lack these attributes which makes it difficult to be successful and or sustainable. Although these clubs are very valuable in supporting the program, we ONLY run our programs as an in-school program that runs during the day. And that’s how we can guarantee success.

Will you run your programs as after-school or during lunch-hour?  

Years of experience in this field has shown us that building a successful and sustainable school garden requires student and teacher engagement at a much higher level that could possibly be achieved during an after-school or lunch-hour program. We ONLY run our programs as an in-school program that runs during the day. And that’s how we can guarantee success. 

What about sustainability of our school garden?  

For a successful school garden to be sustainable, meaning to have success continuity for years to come, it needs teacher engagement and training. We offer your interested teachers training in form of shadowing as well as online training, at no extra charge, so they can sustain the success and ensure your school garden is utilized for years to come.

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