growing people & growing community

The Food Shuttle teaches sustainable food production and nutritious meal preparation, promotes the establishment of gardens to increase healthy food access and develops sustainable community food system models. Come grow with us!

 
 

GROWING SCHOOL GARDENS

Find out more about how our Growing School Garden’s program (formally Junior Master Gardeners) is making a difference in the lives of kids at Hunter Elementary. Originally produced by WRAL for 2017 #BackPackBuddies Mediathon.

We build school gardens and grow healthy communities to improve the health and food access of children and their parents. Students at partner schools have access to gardening and cooking instruction during the day and after school enrichment programs that get them excited about agriculture, eating healthy, and cooking and growing fresh produce.

Teachers can take part in professional development workshops that enable them to feel more comfortable teaching math, social studies and reading in a school garden setting. Working together with principals and school garden success teams, our staff ensures that their school garden program is as sustainable as possible.  

The Food Shuttle supports eligible partner schools by:

  • Designing, building or expanding school gardens
  • Teaching in-school gardening classes
  • Hosting after school garden clubs for students
  • Incorporating hands-on gardening education in the classroom through teacher workshops
  • Providing ongoing support to ensure a sustainable school garden program

Elementary School partners:

Wake - Hunter | Bugg | Fuller | Walnut Creek | Swift Creek

Durham - Eastway


want to become a Growing School Gardens partner school? Apply online HERE.


sprout scouts

 Inter-faith Food Shuttle Camden Learning Garden with Hunter Elementary School and WRAL. June 2017 (photo by Sara D. Davis)

Sprouts Scouts is a skills-based program developed by FoodCorps and Life Lab that teaches students about cooking, gardening and nutrition education in a hands-on, fun and engaging way. Similar to Boy and Girl Scouts, Sprout Scouts is built on a series of adventures that develop new and complementary skills. The activities in each adventure link Common Core and other academic standards to food and health in fun and engaging ways.

seed to supper

 Marjorie gardens her vegetable bed in the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's Camden Street Learning Garden in Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (Photo by Sara D. Davis)

Seed to Supper is a free, comprehensive five-week beginners gardening course created by the Oregon Food Bank and taught here in North Carolina by volunteer facilitators, including Master Gardeners. This free course teaches low-to-mid income individuals how to grow their own fruits and vegetables, build their own backyard garden beds, and preserve their harvest. Participants are given some of the supplies that they need to start their own backyard garden. Over eighty individuals have graduated from Seed-to-Supper since it began in 2015 and many go on to be permanent community gardeners at the Camden Street Learning Garden.


How do I get involved?

Volunteers are needed for garden and cooking club instruction, classroom assistants, and Seed to Supper class facilitators. Backgrounds in gardening, farming, culinary arts, nutrition, or education are highly encouraged, but not required for all positions. Translators and Spanish-speaking volunteers needed for ALL positions. Email CatyGray@FoodShuttle.org to get started!

If you would like to financially support Urban Agriculture Education, please email our Director of Development: greg@foodshuttle.org