Earth Day 2014

Earth Day 2014

Earth Day 2014

Date posted: April 22, 2014

Today is Earth Day, and this year’s theme is ‘Make it count for Earth Day’, daily activities that support the environment. The focus is on four action items: Eat, Grow, Transform, Share.

This time of year many people are turning their minds to planning gardens and growing plants outdoors. The NWT Literacy Council recently described how planning a garden could be a perfect family literacy activity. See what they have to say here. They followed this up with gardening books they recommend.

A lot of literacy skills can be involved in planning and growing a garden. Recognizing Life’s Work: helping learners connect their Essential Skills from home to work from QUILL Learning Network profiles the Essential Skills involved in everyday activities, including gardening. Along with the Essential Skills profile, there are learning activities for practitioners to use with learners.

Community gardens have been used in several locations in BC to encourage literacy. Walking a Balanced Path: a guide for developing health and wellness skills has a chapter on community gardens that outlines the benefits, steps to creating a community garden, and an action plan. To borrow both the facilitator’s guide and the participant’s manual, email

There’s a lot of information available online on community gardens. Here’s a sample:

10 Steps to Starting a Community Garden
Cultivating Community: a guide to starting a community garden
Dig it! a practical toolkit: how local governments can support community gardens

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