Looking to start a school garden, but have no idea where to start? Searching out local food resources? In this presentation, the Grow Local Society--Tricities’ Executive Director, Board Member, and a Coquitlam Farmers Market vendor will discuss the Teacher’s Toolbox that they have created to share with teachers the wealth of resources available for teachers who are interested in teaching about food sustainability and local food.
We will also share the concept behind our successful Power of Produce Club that we offer to kids at both summer and winter markets, discuss ways that it could be implemented at the school level, and investigate ways that Home Ec teachers and Farmer’s markets could work together to promote local food and food systems.
Karen Curtis is a teacher, chef, writer, and owner of Kics Lemonade, which is sold at a variety of Farmer’s markets throughout the Lower Mainland. A tireless advocate for local food, she shares her message with youth and community members.
Tabitha McLaughlin has been the Executive Director of the Grow Local Society--Triciities for many years. As Executive Director, she has oversees the Coquitlam Farmer’s Market, which was named as Farmer’s Market of the Year in 2017, as well as the Port Moody Winter Market She works to bring issues of food justice and food security to the community.
Denise Nembhard is a Home Economics teacher in Coquitlam, and board member of Grow Local Society. She was part of the team that wrote the current Home Economics curriculum, and is honoured to be a part of the Farmer’s Market.