Whole Foods Market Lansdowne Park is holding its first annual FUNdraising Day this Saturday, September 5, from 3 to 7 p.m in the Horticulture Building, 1525 Princess Patricia. This family event features garden planting activities and crafts for kids, live musical entertainment and food.
But it’s about more than just fun and games. It’s intended to raise funds for the Whole Kids Foundation’s School Garden Grant Program, an initiative that offers garden grants to local Ottawa and Quebec primary and secondary schools. These grants help schools create or maintain edible gardens on school grounds.
Area schools that have benefited recently include École Marie-Curie and Bayview Public School in Ottawa, Our Lady of Fatima in Renfrew, and St. Luke Catholic High School in Smiths Falls.
School gardens provide a bounty of learning opportunities related to the importance of nutritious food and environmental responsibility. Thanks to hands-on exposure, students are also able to make the connection between the food on their plates and the plants growing in the soil.
Highlights at the fundraiser include:
- Live entertainment provided by Derek Minley from Sing Song Party Time & Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo
- Make-your-own bean bottle planter and play the food rainbow game
- Ottawa-based Purple Urchin will demonstrate natural body care techniques and offer giveaways
- A choice of beef or vegetarian hamburger or hot dog, market salads and a variety of beverages and desserts
Tickets are available at Whole Foods Market Lansdowne Park; They’re $5 per person (age 5+) with all proceeds going to local schools in the Ottawa/Quebec region.
For details abou the Whole Kids Foundation, see www.wholekidsfoundation.org