Endie Tompkins and Kirin Wood

Food For Marginalized Youth

Team members: Endie Tompkins (Community Capacity Building, SFU), Kirin Wood (Community Partner)

Healthy and nutritional food is critical for the development of children and youth. Unfortunately, many families face barriers in trying to access fresh fruits and vegetables. As a result, children with less familiarity with the environment will be less willing to try new foods.

We define marginalized youth in this context as children whose families identify as visible minorities (BIPOC), children who self-identify as LGTBQ+, and children who are neurodivergent. Our goal is to support marginalized youth in learning to grow their own plants and food. Over the course of a growing season, we will teach children how to plant, tend, and finally harvest the fruits of their labour. We’ll introduce gardening skills that children will be able to use the rest of their lives, and we’ll provide supplemental learning materials and nutritious snacks to encourage healthy eating. Our hope is that by helping children become more knowledgeable and engaged in the food-making process, they will develop lifelong healthy habits and an appreciation for sustainability. 

Endie Tompkins, project lead, is a jill of all trades. With years of experience in childcare, education, and leadership, Endie is dedicated to learning new skills. With her compassion and guidance, Endie will support your children in trying new things and building sustainable skills. She is also a skilled facilitator, conference presenter, and is passionate about equity for all, especially children.

Kirin Wood has been working for years in various childcare roles, with a focus on outdoor education. From snowy mountain hikes with sixth graders to gardening in the lower mainland with toddlers, Kirin will help your child make a connection to the outdoors while feeling safe and competent.