Nurture

Youth-led gardens feeding Waterloo Region.

Seeking Adult Volunteers!

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

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Increase food literacy
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Improve mental health & sense of belonging
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Improve youth access to food & green spaces

If you have a space at your school or community centre for a garden and/or food forest OR are interested in supporting one, we'd love to hear from you!

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

Get involved!

Get involved

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Fall-Winter-Spring
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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Summer
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
Summer
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 at:nbarsoum@regionofwaterloo.ca
Nurture partners:
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Other Projects

Smart Waterloo Region Innovation Lab projects

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Data Playground
A chat bot that can speak to users like a human and help them find services.
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Data Playground
A translation tool that supports voice, file and keyboard input with 27 commonly used language types around the Waterloo Region.

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