A food learning garden being built in the Humber Arboretum will be a space for students and the community to learn about urban agriculture, food security and local food.

Currently under construction by Arboretum staff, work study students and students in the Landscape Technician program, it is located behind the north campus residence.

Once complete next spring, it will be used to feed and educate both the Humber and wider community.

Culinary Management students will use the garden to learn about local and sustainable food sources by growing herbs, fruit and vegetables for use in class. 

Those in the Landscape Technician program will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by helping with maintenance, horticulture and plant care.

The Horticulture Apprenticeship and Women’s Pre-Apprenticeship programs will be able to participate in planting and learn how to identify plants, care for them and maintain the food garden.

As well, students in the Early Childhood Education program will be able to use the garden as a space to learn about the importance of healthy, local food for early childhood development, along with introducing young children to local food gardening.

Food grown will be incorporated into menus at the Humber Room, the North campus restaurant run by students.

The Arboretum regularly hosts school groups, summer camps and community groups – they too will have access to the garden to get educated on local food and healthy eating.

To follow along as the garden is built, visit the Humber Arboretum’s Facebook page.