Growing our future

Read our new report 'Growing our future' that highlights the impact of growing food in schools as part of a broader food education programme.

Introduction to the report

In the past five years, the Food for Life Partnership (FFLP) has been working in schools across England to transform food culture. A significant element of the FFLP’s work has been setting up school gardens and embedding food-growing activities in class to meet curriculum targets.

Until now, the positive impact of food growing on learning and participation has only been seen through observation and anecdote. This report highlights important evidence about the diverse range of benefits that food growing in schools offers and the worthwhile role growing activities play in a child’s educational experience.

The report is packed with case studies and information on the following key areas:

  • Acquiring practical skills and knowledge
  • Understanding and appreciating the environment
  • Improving health and wellbeing
  • Encouraging positive values and behaviours
  • Increasing participation in school and the wider community
  • Getting the most out of growing: A lesson for schools






The Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture. Together we are revolutionising school meals, reconnecting children and young people with where their food comes from, and inspiring families to grow and cook food.

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