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Schools Take Root: For Healthy, Local and Sustainable Food

The Schools Take Root project promotes healthy, local and sustainable food in schools, childcare centres and community organizations across Quebec. The project seeks to help the communities around these establishments - the children, students, teachers, educators and parents - discover, cook and enjoy more local and organic foods.


1- FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN: Selling baskets of organic vegetables grown by local farmers as a fundraiser. This element seeks to help schools (primary and secondary), childcare centres and community organizations discover delicious and surprising Quebec vegetables, grown by local farmers! To sell these baskets of vegetables for their fundraiser, the youth need to understand the benefits of local organic food. Schools Take Root activities provided to participating establishments help them become little champions of sustainable food.

The Schools Take Root fundraising campaign is:

  • An educational project: In 2018, nearly 30,000 children and their families were aware of the campaign and the value of healthy, local and sustainable food.
  • A project in full expansion: The number of participating institutions increased from 20 to 75 in one year (2018) - a growth rate of 375%! There has been tremendous enthusiasm by schools and childcare centres across the province (and even in Ontario!) and we’re hoping to have even more organizations join us in 2019.
  • A province-wide project: 75 schools, childcare centres and community organizations participated in 2018 in 13 administrative regions of Quebec (and one school in Ontario).
  • A project with social and community benefits: Nearly 150,000 pounds of local and organic vegetables were sold through Schools Take Root in 2018, supporting local food production. The project is an eco-friendly alternative to traditional fundraising campaigns, and makes healthy foods accessible, even in more disadvantaged environments.
  • A project that benefits the environment and our health: Schools Take Root encourages participants to eat more fruits and vegetables, creating awareness about local and organic food that is free of synthetic pesticides fertilizers and GMOs. Since the vegetables have much less distance to travel, they require less packaging, preservatives and create fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
  • A project that’s in tune with the times: Schools Take Root is fully in line with the new Canada's Food Guide, which encourages us to eat more vegetables and cook more with staple foods. The project is eco-friendly, reducing the distance travelled by our food, and is also aiming to be zero waste.


Click here for details and to register your establishment for Schools Take Root.
To find out more about how 20192018 and 2017 participants carried out their campaigns

2- CULINARY WORKSHOPS: Providing school daycare service educators with student culinary workshops training, incorporating healthy and local foods. A training session, a practical guide and culinary equipment are provided to participants. The guide and training will enable educators to lead workshops where students will learn how to wash, cut fruits and vegetables and cook with local fruits and vegetables and how to source food from local producers, among other things.


Have a look at practical guide A Recipe for Successful Cooking Workshops
Discover our Quebec fruit and vegetable recipe cards 



 The Schools Take Root project is coordinated and implemented by Équiterre and has been made possible through the support of the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, as part of the Proximité program, with funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, as well as Metro and the I Love Fruits and Veggies Movement. It was created within the Système alimentaire montréalais (SAM) in partnership with the Commission scolaire de Montréal (CSDM) and the Direction régionale de santé publique du Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal.

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