The children are more willing to try new foods – particularly if they have grown themselves.
Fiona Russell, deputy headteacher
St Peter’s CE Primary School
Gardening and food growing can provide people of any age, ability and outlook with a tremendous sense of wellbeing and achievement. Growing your own organic food will allow you to rediscover the seasonal pleasures of harvesting fruits and vegetables fresh from your own garden.
Organic growing offers an approach that is better for the environment. It aims to work in harmony with nature, based on an understanding of the detailed and intricate ways in which all living organisms are interconnected.
In your school
Growing food organically at school gives pupils the opportunity to learn about where their fruit and vegetables come from. Young people always show far more enthusiasm for eating food that they have grown and nurtured from a seed themselves. As pupils develop their growing skills they will become more aware of the diverse varieties of fruit and vegetables that can be grown seasonally in this country, and by learning how to garden organically they will begin to respect and appreciate the environment that surrounds them.
Starting to garden at school can be as easy as growing a few herbs or tomatoes in containers on the playground. Useful links can be made between organic growing and a wide range of curriculum links, in a way that is enjoyable and memorable for pupils.
Growing food at school is one way in which schools can work towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold Mark awarded by the Food for Life Partnership - find out more information about how you can get your school involved.
Garden Organic also works with Master Composters - volunteers who encourage people in their local community to start composting, and offer support to people who are already home composting and may be having difficulties or need encouragement. Check out the Garden Organic website for more details.