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Edible Education
Community of Practice

Overview

This Edible Education Community of Practice (CoP) aims to provide a supportive space for those working on Edible Education initiatives (e.g. farm to school programs, land-based learning, school gardens, cooking programs, outdoor education) to connect with, learn from, and collaborate with other practitioners across the country. 

You can view our full Terms of Reference here. These Terms were developed by a working group of Canada Digs In! Partners and other school food practitioners who advised on the creation of the CoP. The Terms of Reference is a living document that will continue to evolve with the CoP.

Who can join?

This CoP is intended for school food practitioners who are involved with an Edible Education initiative anywhere in what we now call Canada. Members may include representatives from community organizations; teachers and school staff; parents and volunteers; and more.

How often does the group meet?

Virtual meetings will take place no less than 3 times / year (in alignment with the seasons when possible). Between meetings, members can communicate via an Edible Education listserv and Facebook group.

Why become a member?

This CoP will cultivate relationships, and encourage the sharing, exploration and development of resources and experiences to inform, inspire and amplify impact. As a member of this CoP, you will be part of a national group of experienced school food practitioners with whom you can learn, connect, and collaborate. 

Upcoming Community of Practice Meetings
Date: Wednesday March 10, 2021
Time: 9AM PST; 12 EST; 1 AST; 1:30pm NST
Duration: 90 mins

Join us on Wednesday, March 10 for our first ever Edible Education Community of Practice (CoP) virtual meetup! At this meeting, you will:

  • Be introduced to this newly established Community of Practice
  • Get to know other edible education / food literacy practitioners across the country
  • Contribute to the creation of a set of values/principles for the Community of Practice
  • Take a Great Big Crunch for Healthy School Food with others across Canada

To join the first meeting of the COP please fill out our registration form. After completing registration, you will receive a confirmation email. Please note: If you’re not sure if this Community of Practice is right for you, you’re welcome to join this meeting to test it out!

Contact information

To join the Edible Education CoP, please fill out our member registration form here:

Register Now!

You can also contact the CoP coordinator at
edible.ed@farmtocafeteriacanada.com 

History

Since the launch of the Farm to School Canada Digs In! initiative in 2016, F2CC has been initiating and growing regional Farm to School communities of practice to support grant recipients and other school communities who are working to connect students to healthy, local and sustainable food at school. 

In summer 2020, a few members of the Coalition for Healthy School Food came together to discuss the need for a space where school food practitioners from across the country could connect, share resources, and support each other with regards to food literacy and edible education efforts. Similar conversations were happening here at Farm to Cafeteria Canada, so we took the opportunity to collaborate and develop an expanded, national community of practice as part of Canada Digs In! 

Farm to Cafeteria Canada is pleased to host this Edible Education Community of Practice in collaboration with the Coalition for Healthy School Food and our shared regional partners.

Acknowledgements

The development of the Edible Education CoP is part of Farm to School: Canada Digs In!
A multi-sectoral chronic disease prevention partnership. 

 

In addition to our Canada Digs In! partners, we would like to thank the following organizations
for their active involvement and advise the formation of this CoP: