Connecting Students to Agriculture
What better way to provide students with the opportunity to visit a working garden than to create one ourselves!
Community and schools come together at the Pencil Patch — A Garden for Learning. Supported by the City of Abbotsford, we’ve created a working community garden that gives local schools and their students the opportunity to grow their own food. It also gives us the chance to get out of our offices and play in the soil!
Spring and fall, all grade levels (K-12) are invited to visit the Pencil Patch and participate in self-guided tours facilitated by staff and local volunteers. Fun learning opportunities include a tour of BC agriculture subjects, such as soil, pollinators, water, growing zones, the Agriculture Land Reserve, invasive species, greenhouses, crop rotation, and more.
Every year, we select three lucky schools to participate in our hands-on lessons in planning, planting, and harvesting their own gardens in the Pencil Patch. During their first visit, students plant their garden and then return to harvest early varieties of lettuce, green onions, radishes, Swiss chard, and peas. This experience shows teachers and their students what it takes to plant their own school gardens.
Sign Us Up!
We’d love to welcome you and your grades K to 12 students to the Pencil Patch — A Garden for Learning. We are now offering physically-distanced, self-guided tours (with grade-specific activities) at The Pencil Patch on select days in April, May, and June 2021.
Interested in volunteering? We’d love to have you on our Pencil Patch team. For more information, please email Jessica Birchall.
A Crop of Resources!
Use these resources to expand on what you’ve learned from your visit to the Pencil Patch. From planting guides to outdoor lesson plans, you’ll find everything you need to help get your school garden started and to enhance your outdoor education plan.
We also have general resources to bring the garden into your classroom and supplement your lessons and inquiry-based learning:
Partners Make It Possible — Thank You!
Thank you to our partners and Abbotsford neighbours for their help in creating the Pencil Patch — A Garden for Learning and for offering this hands-on learning opportunity for our community.
Fraser Valley Dairy Farmers
Teachers and Parents Ask the Best Questions
Students will engage in a variety of planting, growing, harvesting, and other hands-on learning activities in the vegetable garden.
BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC) provides everything for your garden visit. Students should be dressed in appropriate gardening clothing, including jackets and, if possible, rubber boots.
No. Unless it is dangerous to complete the activities, we continue with the garden visits as planned. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, we will contact you in advance.
Yes. Teachers are responsible for transportation to the garden.
Participation is completely free!