Garden Organic

From growing pots of herbs and food for the school canteen to opening a farmers market in your playground, gardening offers exciting new ways for children of all ages to learn and grow. Garden Organic has been bringing the benefits of gardening to schools - big and small - for over 20 years. As a national partner in Food for Life, their education programmes, training and resources help teachers and school professionals to embed food growing as part of a whole school approach.

They offer a wide variety of full-day and half-day courses to get you started and keep your school growing for years to come. Their online classroom is packed with expert gardening information specially created for schools, including teaching materials, growing cards, handy guides to gardening, educational games and activities.

Schools enrolled in the Food for Life programme have automatic membership to Garden Organic for Schools, which includes subscription to their monthly e-newsletter providing practical, seasonal advice and news about activities and offers for schools.

They also welcome visits from schools and community groups to their organic gardens at Ryton, where they cover a range of subject areas including practical activities linked to the national curriculum.

Garden Organic is also home to the renowned Heritage Seed Library, which conserves over 800 varieties of rare vegetable seeds to help protect them from extinction.

For more information about how Garden Organic, visit their website.

"Growing activity increased self-esteem and confidence, especially in pupils who didn’t flourish in other aspects of school life."Cree Report (2011, p.35)

Garden Organic

Garden Organic, the UK's leading organic growing charity, has been at the forefront of the organic horticulture movement for 50 years and is dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food.