About Us

Who We Are 

Growing Young Farmers Society was founded in 2011 by Dave Friend (aka Mr. Organic) and gained charity status in 2013. Our team is composed of an active board, passionate volunteers, and dedicated staff members.

What We Do

The Growing Young Farmers School Program is suitable for learners of all ages and abilities, from preschoolers to university students! We combine theoretical teaching in the classroom, with hands on practical learning in gardens located on school grounds or nearby. Our program emphasizes the importance of local, organic, sustainable food sources and teaches children and youth how to grow healthy produce and share their knowledge with their families and community.

In addition to our in-school program, GYFS also runs summer camps, after school care programs and workshops!

Why We Do It

Vancouver Island has only 72 hours worth of food supply in the event of a disaster. By learning how to grow food, students can play an active role in increasing our island's sustainability and decreasing our dependence on imported food sources.