Little Green Thumbs History
The idea for Little Green Thumbs was sprouted in Calgary, Alberta by Nicholas Jones. He was concerned about the number of children regularly eating unhealthy food and with negative attitudes toward healthy, wholesome foods. His idea was simple - give kids the opportunity to experience fresh, natural food that they have grown themselves! With the help of Garden Retreat Calgary, he developed a safe and affordable indoor gardening kit specifically designed for classrooms.

After much success in Calgary, Nicholas wanted Little Green Thumbs to reach children across Canada so he turned to Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan (AITC SK). AITC SK has a mandate to "Connect Kids with Agriculture", experience developing curriculum for elementary and high school students, as well as a network of Ag in the Classroom organizations across Canada. In 2007, Nicholas transitioned the program to AITC SK who now manages the program and owns the trademark.

Since 2007 the program has grown to more than 12,000 students directly engaged in food-systems learning in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Newfoundland and Labarador. The Little Green Thumbs vision is "a garden in every school, a school in every garden."