15. Richmond Food Security Society: Summer Food and Nature Camps


Project Title

Richmond Summer Food and Nature Camps

Organization Name

Richmond Food Security Society


Food literacy, children, play-based learning, summer camp, day camp, cooking, gardening

Related Course Concepts

Food justice, Food security, Asset based community development, Social class/income inequality, Food literacy

Organization Information

Organization Name

Richmond Food Security Society

Mission and Vision of Organization

  • Inspiring a robust Richmond food system through education, advocacy and community-building initiatives.
  • Healthy people, community and environment.

Guiding Principles + Values

  • We live the values as identified in the Richmond Food Charter
  • Courageous Community Leadership: We engage our community to address challenges
  • Healthy Ambition: We grow community wellness and have fun doing it
  • Sustainable Change: We inspire long-term, tangible, systemic results

Contact Information

  • Primary Contact Person(s): Amy Ing
  • Email: programs@richmondfoodsecurity.org
  • Phone: 6042447377
  • Address: 7611 Ash Street
  • Website: www.richmondfoodsecurity.org

Preferred Method of Contact

  • Best method(s) to contact: Email
  • Best day(s) to contact:Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, 9AM-5PM
  • Best time(s) to contact: Mornings

Project Description

Context: What challenge or issue does the project aim to address?

LFS 350 students will conduct a framework for a children’s food and nature-related summer camp in Richmond using the data collected by the previous group. Students will also create and design best practices that could be incorporated into a summer camp program. This project aims to address gaps in children and youth food literacy programming in Richmond.

Main Project Activities

Students will implement the data collected from previous group in Term 1 and outline a framework for a food and nature based summer camp.

Expected Project Deliverable(s)

The deliverables for this project will be: a project proposal, poster and final report.

Student Assets and Skills (preferred or required)

  • Writing and analytical skills
  • Data analysis
  • Program planning and design
  • Ability to work in a team setting
  • Creative and independent thinking

Student Assets and Skills (to be developed through the project)

  • Better understanding of the community
  • Non-profit structure
  • Project development
  • Program planning
  • Intercultural engagement

Are there any mandatory attendance dates (e.g. special event)?

  • N/A

Is a criminal record check required?


Project Location

7611 Ash St. Richmond, BC V6Y 2S2

Preferred Days of Week and Hours


Related Community Service Opportunities for Students

  • Volunteer in a school garden program in February or March.
  • Opportunities to tie in with fruit gleaning later in the year and consider applying for summer intern.

Required Reading

Project/Partner Orientation Materials

Students should review these materials prior to the first partner meeting:

Additional Project/Partner Orientation Materials

The following will be provided at the first community partner meeting:

  • RFSS’s new curriculum (TBA)
  • First meeting with Amy Ing and Ian Lai (Executive Director) - Amy will schedule a meeting time that corresponds with a flexible learning day.
  • Site visit tour of proposed locations for summer camp

General Resources

  • Janhonen, K., Mäkelä, J., Palojoki, P. (2016). Food education: From normative models to promoting agency. In J. Sumner (Ed.), Learning, food, and sustainability: Sites for resistance and change, pp. 93-110. New York: Palgrave MacMillan. Available from UBC Library.

Expected Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

I hope students will learn about...

  • how non-profit programming takes place, from needs analysis, to planning and budgeting to execution and evaluation.

I think students will come to appreciate...

  • the complexity of the food system and how we can start the conversation at an early age through nature play and play based learning.

Through this project, students will develop...

  • program planning, communication and team building skills. They will be able to design and create a summer program that implements garden and nature based education into hands-on learning. Students will also learn the need for collaboration and partnerships in designing community based programs.

Organizational Outcomes

Intended Project Outcome (short term outcome)

  • The short term outcome of this project will contribute to RFSS’s understanding of the needs and gaps within summer programming for children and youth in Richmond, and designing the framework for one marketable program as a pilot.

Medium Term Outcomes

  • Students’ work will form the baseline for new programming next year. Students’ work will form the baseline for new programming next year.
  • In the medium/longer-term, this project advances our organization's work by developing a new income stream to support financial sustainability.

How does the student project contribute to your organization's mission and long-term vision?

  • Advancing RFSS’s mission to inspire a robust food systems through education, advocacy and community building initiatives.
source: https://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:LFS350/Projects/W2020/RFSS-Summer-Camps