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VIDEO: Urban Farming Gets Schooled

Fresh Roots joins with Vancouver schools to turn up fields of scrumptious, market-bound bounty.

Matt Meuse 10 Aug 2013TheTyee.ca

Matt Meuse is completing a practicum at The Tyee.

Gardens are increasingly common features of Canadian schoolyards. But Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society is taking the idea to the next level: bringing their produce to market.

Over the last two years, Fresh Roots has partnered with the Vancouver School Board and Vancity to build productive farms on school grounds. Fresh Roots sells the Vancouver School Board produce for use in school cafeterias and works with teachers to use their farms for hands-on learning and curriculum integration. This summer, they've opened a market stand at their Vancouver Technical Secondary School (Van Tech) location, selling their produce to the public -- a program that is the first of its kind.

Check out the original Tyee video above to hear Fresh Roots co-director Marc Schutzbank explain the program, and to see the Van Tech farm in action.  [Tyee]

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