Growing Chefs! Ontario: Feeding the mind: Expert lauds Ontario schools’ plan for ​‘food literacy’

Feeding the mind: Expert lauds Ontario schools’ plan for ​‘food literacy’

London Free Press – Ontario curriculum changes that will see London-area school kids learning in-depth this fall about food and nourishing themselves are welcome, a London academic says.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2022

Peggy O’Neil, an assistant professor at Brescia University College’s school of food and nutritional sciences, shares her support for a new emphasis on food literacy in Ontario schools, the first province in Canada to mandate food literacy across the grades. 

In March, Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced a new science and technology curriculum and a de-streamed science course including food literacy launching this fall. Food literacy will now be a requirement for students in grades 1 to 8, and embedded in the Grade 9 science curriculum.

It’s mandated that it’s hands-on, so kids and youth will have some basic skills to care for themselves,” O’Neil said.

The new learning will include studying the benefits of locally grown food and learning about plants used for food and different approaches to agriculture.

Read other news


Werehiring

We’re hiring!

We are looking for a Garden Programs Assistant to join our team!

Learn more
Read more about We're hiring!
LFP20220720 MH013 scaled e1658348874151

Feeding the mind: Expert lauds Ontario schools’ plan for ​‘food literacy’

London Free Press – Ontario curriculum changes that will see London-area school kids learning in-depth this fall about food and nourishing themselves are welcome, a London academic says.

Learn more
Read more about Feeding the mind: Expert lauds Ontario schools' plan for 'food literacy'
Adult Cooking Class pizza photo 2

Private Pizza Party at HQ

Are you looking for a fun night out with friends this summer, that will also support local food education? You now have the opportunity to host your very own, Private Pizza Party at our HQ!

Learn more
Read more about Private Pizza Party at HQ
Adult Cooking Class3

Monthly Adult Cooking Class

In person Adult Cooking Classes are back! Find out how attending one of our Adult classes will positively impact our community: one ticket, twice the impact!

Learn more
Read more about Monthly Adult Cooking Class