Food for Thought (Secondary-focused)

Last updated on
Monday, April 12th, 2021
Experience type: 
In-Person
Program Description

Get a taste of local food and agriculture on the North Shore! The Edible Garden Project invites secondary classes to explore Loutet Farm while learning more about subjects such as food security, global supply chains, agroecology, climate change... and more! Students will explore the unique landscape of North Vancouver and our own role within these systems, alongside the EGP's role in the community through a guided tour and seasonal hands-on activities.

Note that there are several different areas of concentration available for this tour. Teachers can choose from the following themes: food security & global perspectives; environmental stewardship & sustainability; biodiversity; climate change; Indigenous perspectives.

Big Ideas
  • The global economy affects our personal, social, and economic lives and prospects.
  • Social, ethical, and sustainability considerations impact design.
  • The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them.
  • Advocating for the health and well-being of others connects us to our community.
  • Healthy choices influence our physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
  • Collective identity is constructed and can change over time.
  • Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.
  • The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.
  • COVID Precautions
    The Edible Garden Project is welcoming groups under 30 participants for in-person outdoor field trips to Loutet Farm. Groups may be further split up to ensure adequate physical distancing is maintained. Tools will not be shared if used during a trip, and are always washed and disinfected after handling. There is a hand washing station on site, and next door at Loutet Park (where washrooms are also located).
    Trip Details
    For Grades: 
    8, 9, 10, 11, 12
    Months Available: 
    Duration: 
    60 minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
    Offered In French: 
    Fee Details
    Fee Notes: 

    $100/hr for <20 participants; $5/person after that. Please contact the Education Coordinator if you would like to customize your field trip in terms of duration, theme, or specific activities offered.

    Additional Notes

    All tours available by request during most daytime hours, and duration can be tailored to your group’s needs (price will vary accordingly). Contact EGP to inquire further. 

    Loutet Farm is located beside Loutet Park in North Vancouver. Washroom facilities are available while the park is open (generally from sunrise to sunset), and are wheelchair accessible. Although we do not have an official lunchroom, the farm does have a covered area with a sink, hand washing station, and food prep area if needed. Regardless, please dress for an outdoor trip and consider potentially variable coastal weather.

    There is free paved parking near the entrance to the farm (lot shared by Loutet Farm, Loutet Park, and Gerry's Garden). Once inside the farm, paths are wood chips, and there are no steep inclines on site. We may also use the dirt trails of the forest and/or the grass field during the field trip. There are no animals on site, but other allergens may be present - please contact EGP directly at schools@ediblegardenproject.com if you have questions or concerns.