Starting a garden can feel overwhelming, especially if you've never done it before. Even more so with kids. What if an expert gardener, and busy parent like you, could walk you through the process, provide advice tailored to your situation, and involve the whole family in starting a vegetable and wildflower garden this spring? At Growing Families your family can learn how to start seeds indoors, plant a garden together, and have fun doing it!
closer family relations
improved mental health
care for our environment
healthy eating habits
time in nature
"Growing wildflowers and nourishing plants from seed is something we always wanted to do as family, but were never sure what plants to start with, which grow lights to pick, and all those other little details. Growing families is like having a team source all the material for you, guide you through the process, all while keep the whole family engaged throughout with four amazing workshops."
"Growing Families gives us the opportunity to teach our children a little about nature and a lot about nurture. What an amazing way to spend time together as a family."
"Get Your Hands Dirty"
Online Family Workshops
You plant and care for your seedlings as our expert gardeners watch and give you feedback. We teach through stories and creative activities that help everyone in the family grow into a confident gardener. Workshop sizes are capped so you get individual support.
Everything you need to start vegetable and wildflower seedlings indoors:
full spectrum LED grow lights
a small free standing aluminum shelf to mount your lights and set your seed trays on
two seed trays
pots to start your seeds in
seed starting mix (soil)
seeds for starting indoors
a spray bottle
*You'll be able to use this package year after year to start seeds or grow microgreens indoors.
Special Introductory Offer
Family Workshop Package
+ Everything You Need To Start Seeds Indoors
Spaces are limited...
please register early to avoid disappointment.
Frequently asked questions
Is Growing Families is right for our family?
Families in Eastern Ontario, or more specifically intergenerational groups that include children 4 to 15 years of age. Are you a grandparent, aunt or uncle? Growing Families is a great way to stay connected with the children in your life. You can start your gardens together from two different households.
Families who have never started seeds indoors (or who have failed trying).
Families who have at least 20''x 10" (50cm x 25 cm) of space indoors to grow seedlings. The temperature of the space should be between 18 to 24 Celsius. Don't have a garden to plant into when spring time comes? We will suggest options for container gardening or accessing space at a community garden.
What if my family won't use/doesn't like some of the vegetables provided?
Giving away and trading seeds and plants are important gardening practices. We share ways to do this and help you source additional seeds and seedlings that can be planted straight in the ground come spring time. We will do our best to support you if you decide to substitute our seeds for some of your own.
What if I already have equipment to start seeds?
We provide a package with only seeds and seed starting mix if you already have all the other equipment. Our discounted price is $86 (Regularly $120).Who is organizing Growing Families?Family Earth is proud to be partnering with Eco East and Pick, Plant, & Prune to design and implement Growing Families.
Can I get recordings of the workshops?
Unfortunately no. These are small, interactive workshops designed around the particular needs of the families in attendance. Children may also appear on video so we want to protect their privacy. If you let us know you are unable to make your scheduled workshop you are free to attend at one of the three other times the workshop is offered that week.
What seeds will I be growing?
Lettuce, Spinach, Brussle sprouts, Beans, Lanceleaf Coreopsis (a wild flower), Dalea purpurea - Purple Prairie Clover (a wild flower), Sun flower, Basil, Swish chard, Cucumber, Dill, Cherry tomato, Camomille, Calendula
What are the dates and times of the workshops?
Sessions are being offered at the following times:
Cohort 1: Saturday mornings at 10am (March 20, April 3, April 17, May 1)
Cohort 2: Sunday afternoons at 3pm (March 14, March 28, April 11, April 25)
Cohort 3: Monday evenings at 6:30pm (March 22, April 5, April 19, May 3
Cohort 4: Friday evenings at 6:30pm (March 18, April 1, April 15, April 29)