Fostering a Sense of Belonging, Creativity, Collaboration and Learning Among Students

Pavillon au Millénaire, La Baie, Québec
169 students
2020-2022 (Grant Year 2)

Le Millénaire, a building that is a part of the Médéric-Gravel school, which opened in 2017 and is located in La Baie in the Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean region, is committed to educating its 169 students about current environmental and technological issues.

Growing food  and culinary workshops are at the heart of their learning process. From a very young age, the children get their hands dirty through various gardening and cooking workshops. They learn the importance of living  in harmony with their natural environment.

The program is funded by the Farm to School grant  in an effort to bring together students, families and the community around a “food village”.  An upcoming project involves  the introduction  of a free salad bar once or twice a week! All students will have access to the salad bar and will get a chance to taste a variety of healthy, local and environmentally responsible foods.

The produce that the children taste comes mainly from their school’s summer garden, but they also harvest some produce from their four-season greenhouse and from local producers such as Les jardins Baies Lactées.

Discover the launch of the salad bar in video here:

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It has been 5 years since the launch of the Farm to School Canada Grant program. Incredibly, that program has now afforded more than 53,000 students in 133 schools right across Canada an opportunity to feast on healthy local foods at school.One of most important aspects of the grant program continues to be it's FLEXIBILITY, underpinned by the understanding that a cookie cutter approach to school food is NOT going to work in Canada. To close the distance between children, their food and their land, in this vast country with it’s diverse ecosystems and its multicoloured tapestry of people and food culture, the program needs to meet children, schools, and whole communities where they were at. It also needs to be developed, and driven by the community - the school and the local food system community.Today, if you visit any of these schools you will likely see a whole lot more than a salad bar. School greenhouses, gardens, farms, smoke houses, root cellars, kitchens, and/or dining areas are commonplace in recipient schools. And in these places, often the heartbeat of the school, you will likely see dozens of excited children happily digging in.I suppose this is why I am thrilled to see that F2CC and WKF have put out another call for proposals. Up to $10,000 per school is available. If your school has a vision, partners, and a plan, please send in a proposal. Deadline January 31, 2022. www.farmtocafeteriacanada.ca/our-work/farm-to-school-grants/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Amid all the buzz about about school food in Canada look what popped up in my FB memories.Yes, 12 years ago, I put out this call. 2 weeks later an incredible group of movers and shakers met with me on the phone. 4 months later we had funds.So proud of all the movers and shakers.. ... See MoreSee Less
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