Inspiring a Real Food Movement!
Alpine Edible Schoolyards is a not-for-profit initiative that combines urban farming and school gardens into a fertile catalyst for hands-on practical learning & local food production. Students from schools throught the Bow Valley have the opportunity to participate in a productive urban farm which continues to thrive in the summer months when school is out. Both students and teachers have the support of urban farmer mentors to guide them through the world of plants and support the integration of gardens & food into curriculum.
At the same time, these fertile learning spaces also provide a source of local organic food for our communities. In the summer months, surplus greens are sold at market, supporting the maintenance of the garden and programming available to students.
About Alpine Edible Schoolyards
Alpine Edible Schoolyards aspires to be the hub of urban farm and school garden installation, maintenance, and education in the Bow Valley. A liaison, resource centre, connector and facilitator, AES works with school boards, administrators, teachers, students, small businesses, municipalities, environmental groups and community members to ensure full, safe, utilization and continued success of fertile learning grounds.
We work collaboratively to nurture experiential inspired learning, local food production and community education. We envision a future where all students in the Bow Valley have access to a school garden. Engaging future generations in growing, cooking and eating whole foods is essential to nurturing healthy communities, raising keen environmental stewards and creating thriving sustainable food systems for all residents here in Canmore and beyond.
Our Urban Farm & School Garden Sites
In partnership with Canadian Rockies Public Schools (CRPS), AES has installed and operates two urban farm/school gardens in Canmore: one on the rooftop of the Canmore Collegiate High School, and one in the schoolyard of Lawrence Grassi Public School.
Our Community Partners
Canadian Rockies Public School Division have made available 1/4 acre of land at Lawrence Grassi Middle School, and 1/8 acre on the roof of Canmore Collegiate High School. CRPS is enthusiastically supporting the integration of gardens into the curriculum of our schools.
The Rocky Mountain Flatbread Education Society is an integral partner in these food garden initiative, supporting the installation of the gardens at CCHS and LGMS with a total of $9,500 in 2013 & 2014. Their Earth Bites program gets kids in Vancouver area school interested in, working with and eating good food, and provides guidance for programs offered by Alpine Edibles.
With additional grants and generous support from:
The Town of Canmore
The Rotary Club of Canmore
Bow Valley Food Bank
Programs for Schools and Community Groups
In Spring 2014, Alpine Edible Schoolyards will be offering the first of a series of urban farm and school garden workshops to students of the Bow Valley. If you are a teacher, administrator or parent interested in our work, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org