It's about as hands-on as learning can get. 

Students at Henry Hudson Elementary School were given a free pass to get their hands dirty and harvest the fruits of their labour, after planting and tending to their school gardens over the last year. 

The program organized by the non-profit organization, the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC), teaches elementary and high school students about gardening, composting and healthy eating. 

SPEC Harvest Party Henry Hudson

The students were overjoyed to finally see all their hard work come to fruition. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

SPEC Harvest Party Henry Hudson

After they harvest all the vegetables, students wash and prepare them for the entire school. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

"A lot of times, we forget where our food comes from and how to grow it," said Nikoo Boroumand, the school garden's program coordinator with SPEC. 

After the students harvest the vegetables, they will wash them and then prepare lunch for the entire school. 

"This gets them excited about eating vegetables, because if they're planting it, they get excited to eat it," Boroumand said. 

SPEC Henry Hudson Harvest Party

Grade 5 students at Henry Hudson Elementary School harvest the vegetables they planted and tended over the last year. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

The year-long program is funded through donations and is growing in popularity. 

"We are at 12 schools and we are at capacity," said Boroumand. 

SPEC Harvest Party Henry Hudson Secondary

The harvest party was a great excuse for students to get their hands dirty. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

For the students, the fun is all in seeing their hard work come to fruition. 

"It was really fun getting our hands in there and getting all the potatoes," said Ella Majkic, who is in Grade 5.

SPEC Harvest Party Potatoes

Fresh potatoes are always a favourite. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)