How do you get school kids to eat their veggies? Get them to grow it themselves
Metro Ottawa

By Kieran Delamont, Ottawa Metro News, August 9, 2017

Jen Coorsh is fond, it seems, of quoting the environmental writer Michael Pollan. At least twice during a food planting workshop for young people, Croosh reaches for his famous quote: you eat three times a day, so you vote with your fork three times a day.

That mentality—to view food as something that we are deeply connected to, whether we realize it or not—is something that Coorsh, through the Growing Up Organic program, is hoping to instill in children across the Ottawa region.

For the last two years, Growing Up Organic (which has been in operation in various incarnations for a decade) has pivoted towards working in schools, thanks to a funding partnership with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. “The culture in Ottawa is really ripe for this,” said Coorsh, the project manager, noting the popularity of community food programs in many parts of the city.

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