Food Forest Wonderland

Buzz around the Millard Learning Centre’s Food Forest garden among native pollinators and a diversity of colourful, edible and medicinal plants. Get your hands dirty while engaging in permaculture gardening, hot composting and pollinator habitat protection..

Program Overview

Program Length

Single Day

Availability

April – October

Location

Millard Learning Centre Food Forest Garden

Recommended Grades

Grades K-12

Curriculum Links

  • Pollinator adaptations, habitats, roles in the environment and importance to human society 
  • Applied Plant Science and Horticulture Skills – Plant identification, propagation, harvesting soil bulking, composting
  • Sustainable food systems (Permaculture and Agroforestry) and Climate Change

UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • 2 – Zero Hunger
  • 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 12 – Responsible Production and Consumption
  • 13 – Climate Action
  • 15 – Life on Land

Program Highlights

The Bee’s Knees! Unique Pollinator Adaptations

British Columbia’s 500+ pollinator species have evolved to possess special adaptations to fit flowers in every shape and size and colour. Learn how fuzzy legs are incredibly useful, how bees use their five eyes (yes, five!) and how pollinators slurp up nectar with specialized mouth-parts.

The Power of Pollinators

What do cotton socks, a maple desk, a jar of Nutella and blueberries have in common? They are all things that come from pollinated plants! Learn about the importance that pollinators have for wildlife and humans alike and how we can help protect pollinator habitat.

The Future of Food

Discover “Forest Gardening” and the environmental, social, and economic significance of sustainable agriculture. Through a teaching train, learn how edible plants also contribute to sun exposure, natural pest control and nutrient and water cycling. Get your hands dirty while planting, harvesting and mulching. Build a successful garden from the ground up with hot and worm composting, lasagna beds and nutrient-rich soil teas!

Take-home Materials

Get crafty and become a pollinator activist! Paint your very own pollinator habitat awareness garden sign to put in your garden OR make a “seed bomb” –a clay ball full of pollinator-friendly native plant seeds. A free digital Pollinator Resource Package for teachers and students is available for download below.

Prices

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FAQs

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Bursaries

We can offer financial help to groups in need

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I really enjoyed making the “Lasagna” garden bed.

– Julianne, Age 9

I liked trying the different herbs and edible plants as well as learning about the [Food] Forest.

– Jade, Age 14

[What actions will you take after this program to help the environment?] I will plant native flowers for the native bees.

– Anezka, Age 9

Here are a few recent field trips on the theme of sustainable food systems: