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SOIL Lit Kit

Resource Development Project


Welcome to the
Advisory Committee
What we will cover this meeting

1. Introductions
2. Resource Development Overview
3. SOIL Lit Kit organization
4. Break-out groups: choose your own [resource refinement] adventure!
5. Next Steps
6. Feedback and wrap up
Introductions
Round the circle with your:

● Name, pronoun
● Associated school/organization
● Why you’re on the SOIL Lit Kit
Advisory Committee

Please consider a 3 min or less response


Resource Development Overview

1. Introductions
2. Resource Development Overview
3. SOIL Lit Kit organization
4. Break-out groups
5. Next Steps
6. Feedback and wrap up
SOIL Lit Kit Resource Development Project

Studies: Benefits of School-Based Gardens


● Academic Achievement
● Physical Health
I’ve learned a lot from the garden,
● Social and Emotional Health
but the community garden is also a
● School and Community Benefits
place where I can just
go and breathe
Dyment, J. E., & Bell, A. C. 2006. Our garden is colour blind,
in some fresh
inclusive and warm: Reflections on green school grounds and air. I feel calm
social inclusion. International Journal of Inclusive Education and peaceful
12(2): 169-183. when I’m in the
garden.
Bell, A. C,. & Dyment, J. E. 2008. Grounds for health: The
intersection of green school grounds and health-promoting -Fifth grade
student
schools. Environmental Education Research,14(1): 77-90.

Canaris, I. 1995. Growing foods for growing minds: Integrating


gardening and nutrition education into the total curriculum.
SOIL Lit Kit Resource Development Project

Background
● 10+ years of Nanaimo Foodshare Community Roots School Garden
Program (community schools) FREE to SD68 schools (BC Gaming funded)
● Current garden facilitation not integrated with educators/classes
● SOIL: Supporting Outdoor Inspired Learning Literacy Kit 4-month pilot
March-June 2018
● Focus: mentorship, easy-to-use resources, empower educators to
incorporate food-growing concepts with revised BC Curriculum
SOIL Lit Kit Resource Development Project

Collaboration
Based on success of ThinkEatGreen (Vancouver)
Nanaimo Foodshare is leading a project that
collaborates with:

● Garden education facilitators


● Local farmers
● Food advocacy organizations
● Farm to School BC
● VIU Education Department (EDPB 514)
● Seven SD68 schools (funded vs. sponsored)
(Georgia Ave, Brechin, Coal Tyee, Departure Bay, Park Ave, Seaview, Fairview)
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Foodshare is leading this project through BC Gaming funding until September 2018

Funded vs. Sponsored


Received Farm2SchoolBC funding to Foodshare is using our project funding to
purchase SOIL Lit Kit materials sponsor these valued partnerships

Foodshare’s ● Park Ave Community School


● Georgia Ave Community School
TOP 7 ● Fairview Community School
● Brechin Community School Champion
● Departure Bay Eco School Schools ● Seaview
● Coal Tyee

Additional funding is required to continue the development of this project with existing schools and to
increase the (seasonal) topics available through the SOIL Lit Kits. We see these kits as a way to expand
Foodshare’s current capacity for garden support at other schools as well as offer garden, facilitation
and resource support to educators across Vancouver Island. By applying for funding sources for this
project you help us to extend our capacity and create additional SOIL Lit Kit topics for your use!
SOIL Lit Kit Resource Development Project

GOALS - What is a SOIL Lit Kit?


1. Connect garden to revised BC Curriculum - clear, easy to read, specific

2. Provide all (uncommon) materials needed to lead activities

3. Inspire confidence through training, mentorship & support


(Nanaimo Foodshare, Community Roots Garden Program)

5 MIN GOAL: Educators will feel confident to lead a class activity that relates
to their grade-curriculum within 5 minutes of looking through the SOIL Lit Kit
SOIL Lit Kit Resource Development Project

Timeline
2018
2016
Jan-Feb - Resource Development,
- Program concept was developed
VIU EDPB 514 resource
- program development, funding
collaboration
submissions etc.
Feb 8 - 1st Advisory Committee meeting
2017
Feb 19 - District ProD Presentations
September - funding available
Feb 22 - ACM #2
November - project analysis, planning,
Feb 26 - purchase SOIL Lit Kit physical
resource compilation,
materials
partnerships with other organizations
Mar-June - SOIL Lit Kit Pilot (7 schools)
funding applications, etc.
July 6? - ACM #3 (final for Pilot)
December - Farm2SchoolBC funding
July-Aug - summer camps and trainings
Announced, schools, parents and VIU
for educators
champions on-board
SOIL Lit Kit Organization

1. Introductions
2. Resource Development Overview
3. SOIL Lit Kit organization
4. Break-out groups
5. Next Steps
6. Feedback and wrap up
SOIL Lit Kit Resource Development Project

Kit Organization
COMPOST PILOT Project: March-June 2018 (Spring)

● 4 SOIL Lit Kit topics that relate to spring:


seasonally appropriate activities & lessons if applicable
SEEDS & PLANTS
● School access to 1 SOIL Lit Kit (topic) per month
KIT TOPICS Entire school can access SOIL Lit Kit including when
garden facilitators are not present
SOIL & WATER
● Foodshare garden facilitators lead weekly garden
classes SOIL Lit Kit contents at each participating school

GARDEN CRITTERS
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Curricular Outcomes ...that BEST relate to garden activities within each Kit topic

COMPOST
Pilot Project scope:
1 subject (Curricular Outcomes) per grade

SEEDS & PLANTS Our Team’s Process:


KIT TOPICS

Review each grade’s subjects


(Curricular Outcomes)
SOIL & WATER
Identify most appropriate
subject-relation to each Kit
topic for Kindergarten-grade 7
GARDEN CRITTERS
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Ecosystem of Compost: Table of Contents


COMPOST

SEEDS & PLANTS


KIT TOPICS

SOIL & WATER

GARDEN CRITTERS
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Ecosystem of Compost: General Support


COMPOST

SEEDS & PLANTS


KIT TOPICS

SOIL & WATER

GARDEN CRITTERS
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Ecosystem of Compost: Vocabulary Lists


COMPOST

SEEDS & PLANTS


KIT TOPICS

SOIL & WATER

GARDEN CRITTERS
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Ecosystem of Compost: Diagrams & Visuals


COMPOST

SEEDS & PLANTS


KIT TOPICS

SOIL & WATER

GARDEN CRITTERS
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EoC: Grade-specific content - K Quick Guide


COMPOST

SEEDS & PLANTS


KIT TOPICS

SOIL & WATER

GARDEN CRITTERS
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EoC: Grade specific content - Gr 3 Quick Guide


COMPOST

SEEDS & PLANTS


KIT TOPICS

SOIL & WATER


> Grade 3 Quick Guide

GARDEN CRITTERS
Break-out Groups
Choose your own [resource development] adventure!
1. Introductions
2. Resource Development Overview
3. SOIL Lit Kit organization
4. Break-out groups
5. Next Steps
6. Feedback and wrap up
Station 1: Station 2: Station 3:
Quick Guide Review Quick Guide Review General Support
Kindergarten-Grade 3 Grade 4-7 Documents

1. Review any of the Quick 1. Review any of the Quick 1. Review:


Guides (not necessarily Guides (not necessarily ○ Rainy Day Notes
all) all) ○ Compost
2. Review and explore the 2. Review and explore the Vocabularly List
lesson materials/tools lesson materials/tools ○ Compost Diagrams
provided provided 2. Write on stickies your
3. Write on stickies your 3. Write on stickies your suggested edits to make
suggested edits and ideas suggested edits and ideas these useful for all
to make these more to make these more grade(s)
appropriate or useful for appropriate or useful for 3. Consider how they could
specific grade(s) specific grade(s) be made more adaptable
(less vs more info, general
labels with detailed cards
to add for older grades,
etc.)
Next Steps

1. Introductions
2. Resource Development Overview
3. SOIL Lit Kit organization
4. Break-out groups: choose your own resource refinement adventure!
5. Next Steps
6. Feedback and wrap up
SOIL Lit Kit Resource Development Project

Next Steps:
● District ProD Presentation: “Curricular Connections in the Garden”
Monday, Feb 19th AM and PM sessions
● ACM#2 Thurs, Feb 22, 3:30pm-5pm. Location: Coal Tyee
● Garden classes begin soon (different dates at each school)!
● If you are interested in supporting this initiative in a particular way or
have time to offer development support, email
chrys@nanaimofoodshare.ca
● ACM#3 - date and time TBD
● Summer training & practise opportunities...you interested?
Feedback
&
Wrap-up

1. Introductions
2. Resource Development Overview
3. SOIL Lit Kit organization
4. Break-out groups: choose your own resource refinement adventure!
5. Next Steps
6. Feedback and wrap up
Thank You
for this Resource Development collaboration!
Advisory Committee members