Growing Up OrganicGrowing Up Organic logo

Growing Up Organic is a garden- and farm-based educational program for children and youth, delivered by the Canadian Organic Growers Ottawa-St. Lawrence- Outaouais chapter (COG OSO) in the City of Ottawa.

GUO partners with schools to support the establishment of school garden programs as the basis for experiential education at all grade levels. They provide educators with the essential tools to start these initiatives with confidence and ongoing support. Their garden-based workshops delivered on-site at school gardens and made available online, provide teachers with building blocks and a model for integrating hands-on food literacy into their pedagogy.

GUO is focused on empowerment: through their strategic focus on education, they hope to foster a generation of children and youth with greater food literacy, life-long healthy eating habits, increased food skills and an understanding of environmental health issues.

 To get growing, contact Growing Up Organic by sending an email to

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Cultivating CooksCultivating Cooks logo

Cultivating Cooks is a classroom based gardening and cooking program that connects students with local chefs, community gardeners and other local food producers. The overall goal is to get kids enthusiastic about “all things green”- understanding how they too can become “green garden stewards” both at school and at home. Teachers are actively involved in the process and have an opportunity to partake alongside the students; learning about healthy food systems and sustainable food practices by engaging in hands-on activities.

Cultivating Cooks programming is on hold at the moment due to changes with COVID-19 in schools and will have updated information on this site for the 2021-2022 season.

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Just Food Farm School

Just Food logoPlan a trip for your classroom to the Just Food Community Farm or other partner farms in the region, and work directly with farmers! Programs are customized to age, interest and time availability, and can be adapted for pre-kindergarten through to university/college students. Virtual workshops start in March, with on-site visits starting in May.

Possible topics can include:

  • Vegetable & poultry production
  • Greenhouse growing
  • Bees
  • Solar station
  • Food forests & seed saving
  • Pollinator gardens and more!

Packages for both full public school classes, and homeschoolers are available. We also work with students on their own independent research projects and on-site field work, along with partnering teachers/professors.

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Ottawa Public Health ProgramsCity of Ottawa logo

After-school programs – I ♥ to Cook and Play, I ♥ to Garden

Ottawa Public Health’s Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Guidelines along with the I Love to Cook and Play and I Love to Garden programs can help support after-school program staff and volunteers in being positive role models and promoting healthy living to children and youth. These programs are for children and youth aged six to twelve.

I ♥ to Cook and Play supports program leaders to teach children how to prepare simple, healthy, low-cost meals and snacks and to emphasize the importance of daily physical activity.

I ♥ to Garden provides program leaders with activities and recipes to teach children how plants grow, basic gardening skills and how to prepare healthy seasonal meals and snacks using produce that can be grown in Ottawa.

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Partner Resources

Bright BitesBright Bites logo

BrightBites is a platform developed by Ontario Dietitians in Public Health (ODPH). It helps you facilitate lessons and programs with the ability to earn fun, easy badges! You can participate as an entire school, or just a single class or student group. It includes the Sip Smart!™ Ontario classroom educational program which teaches children about making healthy drink choices. Learn more:

Paint Your Plate with Vegetables and Fruit ToolkitODPH logo

The Paint Your Plate toolkit is a resource developed by ODPH for childcare providers, targeting preschool and Grades 1-2 children. It aims to make it easier for young children to enjoy vegetables and fruit every day. Check out the sample policies, seasonal menus, and fun activities, as well as factsheets, posters, and tips for sharing the Paint Your Plate message with families. Learn more:

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