Grassroots Learning Centre & Forest Farm

Scarecrow Cafe

Introduction to Our Scarecrow Cafe

Scarecrow Cafe is the umbrella name we use to refer to several projects related to healthy food and food sovereignty: organic certification, a pop-up cafe, the Children’s Garden, bear aware composting and school field trips.

Permaculture Orchard

This orchard contains apples, hazelnuts, nitrogen fixing lupine,
alders and red currants. It is a recent experiment
modelled after STEFAN SOBKOWIAK’S Miracle Farm,
a 12-acre property located in Quebec’s western Monteregie region.

Scarecrow Cafe

The pop-up Scarecrow Cafe has appeared at the Fall Fair,
North Island Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market, Port Hardy Civic Centre,
and numerous field trips and functions in the Grassroots’ garden.
Community members and organizations are welcome to arrange a garden event
with us - tea, lunch, snacks, or breakfast.

Children's Garden

The Children’s Garden was Grassroots’ first major initiative.
It contains a perennial nursery, fruit and veg crops, 10 raised cedar beds with wide path ways allowing room for students
to spread out, get their hands dirty, and learn about where their food
comes from.

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Field Trips

Students from throughout the North Island have toured,
volunteered, cooked, grown, harvested, saved seeds, explored,
learned and enjoyed meals on school outings in all seasons.



We use a “bear aware” composter for kitchen waste
and free wood pallet composter for garden waste.
Composting may be the most important thing we
can do for the Children’s Garden,
but volunteers are always needed to keep this going the way it should!