Reconnecting with food - with its provenance, its cultural significance, its variety - helps children to develop healthier habits*. This has never been more important than today, when nearly a third of children aged 2-15 are overweight or obese. From September 2017, the government's new voluntary healthy rating scheme for primary schools will recognise those that are encouraging children to eat better and move more through a whole school approach**.
A thriving edible school garden is an invaluable resource in supporting this approach. Through hands on experience of food growing, children learn to recognise and enjoy the taste of a wide range of fruits and vegetables. Children are more physically active. They come to appreciate the science as well as the art of growing, and they understand what is needed for a sustainable environment.
Children and young people, their families and extended communities are enriched through the experience of growing and sharing food.
This enjoyable, hands on course will cover all the basics so that you can get children actively involved in growing their own food. After the course you will receive ongoing support by email with suggested resources and have access to a social media page to discuss and share your ideas.
*Caroline Spellman, introducing the Food Growing in Schools Taskforce report, March 2013
**Childhood Obesity – A Plan for Action. HM Government 2016.
- Understand how plants grow from a seed to a crop
- Identify the parts of the plant that you eat
- Learn how to prepare the soil to get the best yields
- Learn how to sow and grow a delicious range of vegetables throughout the year
- Get hints and tips on making the most of your produce