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Growing Young Farmers at Sandown

Programs coming to Sandown in spring 2024!

We are working with The Growing Young Farmers’ Society to develop hands-on, outdoor education programs for school children, from Kindergarten to Grade 12.


Beginning in March 2024, Sandown will welcome class field trips to the farm, where students can learn about soil and plant life, food systems, environmental restoration and regenerative food production.

Contact us for more information or to book your class field trip!

About The Growing Young Farmers Society

The Growing Young Farmers’ Society was founded in 2011 and became a registered charity in 2013. Their goal is to provide hands-on educational opportunities to youth on growing food, soil and ecosystem health, and biodiversity.


Children who participate in growing food become more aware of what they consume, where it comes from, and how it impacts the environment. By learning how to grow food, students can also play an active role in increasing Vancouver Island's sustainability and decreasing our dependence on the global, industrial food system.

From 2011-2022 Growing Young Farmers operated in-school programs, helping children learn gardening skills by maintaining gardens at their schools. They also offered spring break and summer camps, including at Sandown in 2022.

In 2023 The Growing Young Farmers’ Society transitioned away from school-garden programs, and has entrusted the Sandown Centre to run its youth programming at our farm. Programs will be up and running for school field trips in spring of 2024!


Growing Young Farmers Charity Registration #84181 6887 RR001


Become a Donor.

Help support the ongoing work of the Growing Young Farmers’ Society at The Sandown Centre!

We rely on the generosity of our community to fund youth programs. Let’s work together to ensure a healthy, nourishing future for our kids!

Board of Directors

The Growing Young Farmers Society is run by a dedicated group of volunteer Board members.

Ann Eastman

Brooke Williams

Carol Hyland

Debbie Pungente

Peter Chandler

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