Junior Green Thumbs®

Passion Project by Laura McBride

Junior Green Thumbs® (formerly Edible Classroom) is a passion project run by REALTOR® Laura McBride. It is an inspired hands on initiative that connects elementary school students to nature in an engaging way.

The program provides opportunities for students to experience and participate in essential life skill learning, such as seed starting, basic gardening, meal preparation, carpentry, community outreach and more, all through empowerment.

To make the program useful to teachers, easy to use and within Ontario Curriculum, Laura collaborates with key partners in education, such as Robyn Hadder, Kristy Dale and others. Together with this teacher support, the garden has been integrated into math, language, science, art and health to ensure every teacher who may choose to have a garden in their classroom can use it in the best way for them and their students. The program currently runs in Durham Region, Ontario and supports classrooms from kindergarten to grade 8.

Every home or business that Laura sells, allows another classroom to receive a donated garden. Since 2015, hundreds of Junior Green Thumbs (formerly Edible Classroom) students have benefited. Because the project is funded by Laura and her business, it is thanks to the incredible clients that choose to list or buy a home with Laura McBride, it is able to continue.

Please help spread the word about this project and if you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling real estate, I'd be grateful for your referral and it too will benefit the program!


"This 4 season indoor gardening program was designed for Canadian elementary school classrooms, and currently operates in Durham Region, Ontario. The objective of the program is to connect young children with nature and empower essential life skills for a healthy, productive future. I founded the program with the collaboration and support of teachers and the program has been successful at integrating engaging, natural experiences with core curriculum strands in math, art, language, science, health and nutrition. I designed the garden itself to be an object of beauty in the classroom, to inspire calmness and creative thought for the students and their forward thinking, collaborative teachers. I'm a very sensory aware person and find great inspiration through what my senses absorb around me. I wanted to provide a positive, useful sensory experience for students, especially those that may rely on different experiences to excel. As the project moves forward, new ideas, inspiration and collaborations will further expand the rich learning experiences the program offers to students from Kindergarten to grade 8”.

"Where Kids and Gardens Grow Together"

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Laura McBride

Mobile: (416) 579-0931

Phone: (905) 619-9500


Office Info

Sutton Group-Heritage Realty Inc.

300 Clements Rd. W  Ajax,  ON  L1S 3C6  

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