Increasing healthy food access for youth, by youth.

Seeking Youth Gardeners!

Work in the gardens this summer.
Free training provided!
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Our Vision

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Youth-tended gardens at every school
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Easy access to healthy & local food for all youth, every day
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Regenerative gardens that support non-human communities
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Opportunities for meaningful relationships with peers and the land
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Networks for adult allies in local food hubs and as garden mentors
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Empowered 'food literate' youth with access to developing more advanced food skills
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Youth can see, feel, and know the positive impact their actions have in their communities

We run a variety of programs throughout the year. Both young people and adults are welcome.

Get involved!

Get involved

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Food Forest Design Teams
Join us as we move through a process of learning and design.

Then, YOU design a food forest for a local school in Waterloo Region!
Join the design team
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Nurture Garden Teams
Paid positions in local school gardens!

Grow food for your community, find belonging in the garden, and work with a team. Training & mentorship are provided.
Join the garden team
Adult Garden Mentors
Do you have gardening experience? Are you passionate about local food?

We're seeking reliable adult volunteers to support our Nurture School Garden Teams in July and August 2024.
Apply to Volunteer
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What is a Food Forest?

A food forest is a way of growing food that mimics the architecture and beneficial relationships of a natural forest ecosystem.

Contact us
Nurture partners:
Smart Waterloo Region black logo.Youth in Food Systems logo.Seeds of Diversity logo.Region of Waterloo transparent logo.
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Other Projects

Smart Waterloo Region Innovation Lab Projects


Community Canvas

A communty art project dedicated to the artistic and cultural development of youth ideas in Waterloo Region.

GIMI Impact

A curriculum empowering youth to build out their ideas and improve their community.

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