School and Community Food Gardens Engaging Children (Intro)

Thank you for visiting the School and Community Food Gardens Engaging Children Survey
(Note that the rest of the Ontario Edible Education Network Action Planning surveys have closed)

Your responses will contribute both to the Imagine a Garden in Every School Campaign and the Ontario Edible Education Network by providing some detailed feedback and information about your experiences working with children and youth in school and community gardens.

The purpose of our survey is to fill a gap in information about the amazing work that is happening at the grass roots across our province, and to share the results of our information gathering so that practitioners across the province can benefit. We will also be able to identify common areas of need and strength to build on in the future.

The information you provide will be compiled into a summary document to be shared through the OEEN and IGES platforms – if you include your contact information at the end of the survey, we will be able to update you when this information is available. Participating will also provide the opportunity to highlight your work on our websites, and to share stories and champion projects across the province. Together, our goal is to foster strong links between garden initiatives so that we can celebrate together, share common challenges, share resources and support one another.

Depending on the level of detail you provide and the number of questions you answer, the survey may take up to 30 minutes to complete.

About filling out the Survey:
• You may skip questions (only those marked with (*) are required)
• Use the "Previous" and "Next" buttons that are a part of your survey (instead of your browser's forward and back buttons) to move properly through the survey and make sure your answers are submitted.
• You may end your survey at any time - once you hit "next" or "done" your survey answers for each page will be submitted.
• For the purposes of this survey, the definition of children and youth covers those who are in the age range to attend primary and secondary school.

If you have any questions or comments about this survey, please contact any of:
- Sunday Harrison or Cassie Scott (Green Thumbs Growing Kids)
- Carolyn Bailey (Ecosource)
- Carolyn Webb, Coordinator, Ontario Edible Education Network

About the Imagine a Garden in Every School Campaign: Initiated in 2011 by Green Thumbs Growing Kids, the mission of the Imagine a Garden in Every School Campaign is to link a groundswell of groups across Ontario working to connect children and youth to healthy living and the natural environment. Gardens provide dynamic settings where educators can integrate a range of disciplines from health and nutrition, to science, math and art. School gardens nurture community spirit, biodiversity, common purpose, and cultural appreciation by building bridges between students, school staff, families, and all people who support local food systems including growers, producers, distributors, local businesses and organizations.

By encouraging, supporting and championing a garden in every school, we create opportunities for children and youth to learn about ecosystems, experience healthy active living, practice life skills and discover the benefits of fresh food. Learn more abo