We are thrilled to share an inspiring initiative undertaken by the dedicated students of Jacob Hespeler Secondary School’s ACE program. These young individuals are working in the school’s greenhouse, growing fresh produce with a noble goal in mind: to donate their harvest to the Cambridge Food Bank. Revisit this link as we’ll share their progress and stories, highlighting the journey of these remarkable students as they contribute to feeding our community.

The Greenhouse Project: A Community Effort

The ACE (Alternative Continuum of Education) program at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School is more than just an educational endeavor; it’s a program that includes the importance of giving back. Students enrolled in this program have taken on the challenge of growing fresh vegetables and herbs in the school’s greenhouse. From planting seeds to nurturing the plants, they are involved in every step of the process, ensuring that the produce they donate is of the highest quality.

The Benefits of Youth Participation in Community Agriculture

Participating in this greenhouse project offers numerous benefits to the students involved. Here are three key advantages:

  1. Hands-On Learning and Skill Development: By engaging in the growing of fresh produce, students gain practical, hands-on experience that complements their academic studies. They learn essential agricultural skills, such as planting, and watering, as well as important life skills like responsibility, teamwork, and problem-solving. This experiential learning helps them understand the complexities of food production and the importance of sustainable practices.

  2. Health and Wellness: Gardening and working with plants have been shown to have numerous physical and mental health benefits. For students, the act of nurturing plants can be a therapeutic and stress-relieving activity, promoting overall well-being. Additionally, being involved in the production of fresh, healthy food encourages better eating habits and a greater appreciation for nutritious foods, which can have long-term positive effects on their health.

  3. Community Engagement and Social Responsibility: By growing produce for the Cambridge Food Bank, students develop a strong sense of community and social responsibility. They see firsthand the impact of their efforts on those in need, fostering a sense of empathy and a commitment to helping others. This involvement not only strengthens their connection to the community but also instills values of generosity and civic duty that will guide them throughout their lives.

Follow Our Journey

As the students of Jacob Hespeler Secondary School’s ACE program continue their work in the greenhouse, we will be sharing updates and stories of their progress. 


In our ongoing journey with the Jacob Hespeler Secondary School’s ACE program, the students recently faced an unexpected challenge: a pest invasion in their greenhouse. These tiny invaders managed to kill some of the plants, but the students quickly learned to use insecticidal soap to control the situation and save their crops.

Despite this setback, the students’ resilience and hard work have paid off. Walking into the greenhouse and seeing their plants thrive fills them with immense pride. Their determination is inspiring, and they continue to learn valuable lessons in agriculture and teamwork.

We’re proud of their dedication to growing fresh produce for the Cambridge Food Bank.

Stay tuned for more updates on their progress and the positive impact they’re making in our community.


We’re thrilled to share another update from Jacob Hespeler Secondary School’s ACE program! Last week, the dedicated students helped the Food Bank gardener by carrying some of their greenhouse-grown plants to his vehicle. These plants were transported to the garden at Forward Church to be planted.

This hands-on experience not only supports the Cambridge Food Bank but also reinforces the students’ commitment to community service and teamwork. 

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