What do we mean by a growing garden?
A growing garden could be an allotment or a planter/bed where the learners can grow their own plants or food.
These growing spaces are a must for all nurseries and schools as they open up so many opportunities for teaching and understanding where food comes from.
There is a buzz about Food Activism in schools which is about enabling children and young people to get together for a common purpose and doing something great that can benefit their school and community.
Get everyone involved
A school allotment is a great way to get everyone involved, staff, learners, parents and the local community. You can build your own planters and dig out some beds and get planting.
Growing your own food not only teaches children where their food is coming from, but the act of gardening is known to improve well being. This hands on project based learning will also really inspire and enthuse some learners and encourage a lifelong passion for growing and gardening.
When you are growing food in your school allotment there are opportunities to learn about enterprise and how you could market and sell your food product. You can also grow things like wheat and flax and learn how to turn that into an end product such as flour and linen. There are so many opportunities.
Canal View Primary’s School Farm
Primary six and seven have been working with Edible Estates to create this amazing school farm in their school grounds. I was shown around by one of the learners and it was great to see how engaged the learners are in the project. Check out this video by Edible Estates showcasing the work they’ve done Canal View Primary School, Edinburgh.
There is an exciting project happening at Broughton High School in their grounds, I will update this case study once I’m able to visit.
There are many good examples of this being done well in schools, check out these:
Chisenhale Primary School, London
I was lucky enough to be shown around the wonderful work the school had done when I was in London. The school’s grounds are really tight and all hard landscaping. They have done wonders with it by providing planters on roof top terraces and a fabulous allotment with adjacent outdoor classroom that was an old bike shed.
Springhallow School, London
RHS School Gardening Team of the Year 2019 Winner
Reepham High School, Norwich
Winner of the RHS School Gardening Champion of the Year 2018
Here are some useful links to find out more about growing food in school
Food growing an improvement in literacy
Sustain: children’s food growing campaign