28 June 2012 - Last week, one of our partner organisations,Garden Organic, led three interactive sessions entitled “Growing Food in School”. Groups of teachers already engaged with the programme were able to share knowledge and experiences and get hands-on with planting.
Lincolnshire was the first local area to commission the Food for Life programme at the beginning of 2012 with funding from NHS Lincolnshire and we were delighted that Denise Hornsey, the Food in Schools Sustainability Advisor for Lincolnshire County Council was able to join us for part of the day. “It is great to see the enthusiasm in schools around growing, cooking and farm links and how this is connected to children’s understanding about where their food comes from. Passing on these vital life skills to our children supports their learning around making healthy food choices
Bridget from FFLP HQ joined the event at St George’s C of E Primary School in Gainsborough (there were also events in Lincoln and Skegness) and really enjoyed her day, “Our group consisted of some very enthusiastic teachers and parents who were encouraged to find ways to persuade colleagues to see the growing area as “an asset not a burden” to the school
By embedding growing into the curriculum, pupils understand where their food comes from, about the seasonality of vegetables and are often able to see the produce they grow in the school garden being used on the school menu.
The group began their day by spending two hours in the classroom, learning about the different food families, crop rotation and discussing organic products. Following a tasty lunch in the dining room, they then got their hands dirty helping the school gardening club. Bridget continues, “Mrs Townsend, the gardening lead at St George’s matched up pupils with teachers and within a few minutes, beds were weeded, earth worms discovered and runner bean canes secured in the ground. As well as being a great learning experience, everyone worked together and had lots of fun, which is what Food for Life is all about!”
Kate Shaw, the FFLP Lincolnshire Programme Manager, is on hand to support schools in the county, ‘I was excited to be with such enthusiastic and hardworking school staff – all working to get children and parents actively growing their own food. The skills they are passing on are so important and we are proud to be supporting the teachers and their schools on their Food for Life Partnership journeys
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If any schools in Lincolnshire would like to attend any of the other teacher training events taking place in Lincolnshire over the next few months, please contact Kate Shaw on email@example.com
or Bridget Everett on firstname.lastname@example.org
to find out about availability. These will cover “Farm Visits as a Learning Tool”, “Teaching & Embedding Cooking Skills”, “Crop Planning & Rotation” and “Soil and Composting”.