Little Green Thumbs

Little Green Thumbs is an indoor gardening program for children and youth. It is a powerful tool to engage students in learning and caring about the plants and the environment that sustain us.

Vision: A Garden in Every School; A School in Every Garden

Mission: Plant, Grow, Eat, Share - Coming Alive in a Garden of Possibilities!

Program Purpose: To engage, empower, and support students with hands-on, cross-curricular, educational experiences by growing gardens in their own learning environments.

Through our work with educators, we know that children need multi-sensory experiences and real-life projects that give them a sense of belonging and understanding of their environment. Hands-on, experiential learning is a big reason why this indoor garden program has remained both popular and extremely successful in helping children acquire a wide range of skills and knowledge during the complete growing cycle of plants.  The garden acts as a springboard for a wide range of activities related to teachers’ learning goals and fosters social development, healthy living, science and math skills, and environmental and local food awareness.

The students participate in:

  • Planting seeds and transplanting seedlings,
  • Caring for plants on a daily basis (watering, feeding, pruning, checking for problems, etc.),
  • Watching plants grow and helping to solve problems (such as the lack of natural pollinators),
  • Harvesting vegetables and herbs and preparing and enjoying the fruits of their labour.

The program consists of all the necessary indoor gardening materials, training, support and resources for teachers to run an indoor garden in their classroom. Before the start of the program, teachers must attend training in the fall to learn how to set up and use an indoor garden kit and review key horticultural “how to’s”. The Little Green Thumbs Coordinator provides ongoing phone and email consultation and we also offer “Growing Facilitators”, trained volunteers from the public or school community, as available.

Location: Please scroll to the bottom of the page to see a list of current participants. Sustainable Food Edmonton's Little Green Thumbs program is available to schools in the Capital Region (excluding Parkland County). Please contact us by phone or e-mail about program availability in other areas of the province or visit


...Bringing Little Green Thumbs To Your classroom


Video - Little Green Thumbs in Action




Claudia Bolli
Little Green Thumbs Coordinator



We need a new crop of Volunteer Growing Facilitators for the upcoming school year! Try out an amazing opportunity to interact with kids through the complete life cycle of plants. Our volunteers have an opportunity to work with children and see their fascination with plants, seeds and soil and to help a teacher/leader be successful in growing plants indoors.  Growing Facilitators must be available during school hours. Security/police checks are a requirement for classroom volunteers. A green thumb is not a pre-requisite as we provide training and support.


Anne Fitzgerald School
Balwin School
Belgravia School
Belvedere School
Bessie Nichols School
Bissett School
Callingwood School
Daly Grove School
École Bishop Savaryn
École Frere Antoine
École Notre-Dame
Ellerslie Campus
Elmwood School
Grace Martin School
Hazeldean School
Highlands School
John Paul I School
LaPerle Elementary School
Lymburn School
Major General Griesbach School
Mother Teresa School
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School
Our Lady of Peace School

Parkallen School
Rio Terrace School
RJ Scott School
St. Augustine School
St. Bernadette School
St. Clement School
St. Joseph High School
St. Leo School
St. Martha Catholic School
St. Martin School
St. Paul School
St. Pius X Catholic School
St. Teresa Catholic School
St. Vincent School
St. Vladimir School
Teaching Tots
Tegler Youth Centre
Waverley School
Weinlos School
Westglen School
Windsor Park School

École Beau Meadow

École Notre Dame School
Morinville Community High School

Sherwood Park
Holy Spirit Catholic School
Madonna Catholic School

St. Albert
École Muriel Martin