Food Growing Schools Camden & Islington Forum

Food Growing Schools: London are inviting schools in Camden & Islington interested in food growing projects to a forum at Rhyl Primary School, Rhyl Street, NW5 3HB on Monday 20th June from 3.30 to 5.30pm.
This forum is a chance to gain inspiration and ideas from another food growing school, share ideas and learn something new through a seasonal activity run by Food Growing Schools: London. We would also like these forums to act as a swap shop, so please bring along seeds, plants, tools and educational resources you would either like to share, give away or swap with other schools. There will also be plenty of free seeds and resources available from Food Growing Schools: London.
These forum meetings are open to anyone from Camden & Islington schools involved in or wishing to develop a food growing project, staff, parents, volunteers…

Please contact Paul Sadler at psadler@gardenorganic.org.uk to confirm you would like to attend.

Schools to Market 2016 has kicked off for fourth year of food education fun!

This year Schools to Market is all about chutneys and sauces.

Once again, 36 schools from across the UK will embark on a journey from seed to supermarket with all nine Whole Foods Market UK stores taking part. Each store is working with one local secondary school and three primaries, growing and cooking the ingredients for a range of chutneys, relishes and sauces that will be sold Whole Foods Market in July.

We’re all set for another year of exciting activities including a master class from chef Ruth Quinlan, a visit to pick your own farms in Kent and Surrey, and store tours and marketing workshops at Whole Foods stores. And there’s going to be a celebrity chef visit from Tom Aikens.

Join us to sell your school garden goodies at City Hall!

15 May 2016

Capital Growth in partnership with Food Growing Schools: London are offering 15 schools a chance to trade their school-grown and made produce at City Hall on Thursday 14 July .

If you are growing food from your school garden this spring then you can apply to take part in our Schools Marketplace and take some of your pupils to sell your produce at City Hall.

This year all schools taking part also have a chance to enter our ‘Showcase your Growing’ competition. This is a chance to show us how you have grown and nurtured your school garden to prepare for the Marketplace with pictures, recipes and stories. More details will be sent to participating schools.

You can see pictures of the previous Marketplace on FGSL Flickr page.

How do I register for the Schools Marketplace?

To register for our School Marketplace please download and complete the short application form below.

Once your application is completed, please email it to Julie@sustainweb.org.

To register for the School Marketplace you will need to be a Capital Growth member. Membership is free, just complete this short online application here. You will also need to fill in our Food Growing Schools: London’s survey.


 

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Short Film Competition from Edible Playgrounds – Still time to enter

08 May 2016

As part of the Food Growing Schools: London Growathon challenge Edible Playgrounds and Trees for Cities are asking pupils in London to make a short film about food growing at their school.

Make a short film (3 minutes or under) about planting, sowing, growing, gardening and harvesting healthy food at school and win £500 worth of gardening equipment!

Former Blue Peter Gardener and Trees for Cities Patron, Chris Collins will head a panel of judges to decide on the winning entry. There is no limit to how many short films each school can submit, which means fun class projects for all! All films must be submitted by 5pm Friday 17 June. The winning entry will be featured on the Trees for Cities YouTube channel and Food Growing Schools London website.

Good luck!

Prizes

  • 1st prize – £500 worth of gardening and growing equipment
  • 2nd prize – £100 worth of gardening and growing equipment
  • Every school submitting a short film will receive a seasonal growing pack

How to Enter

Visit: www.edibleplaygrounds.org for details on how to enter and for your chance to win! Entries close: Friday, June 17, 2016

Summer School Marketplace 2016

26 April 2016

Join us to sell your school garden goodies at City Hall

Capital Growth in partnership with Food Growing Schools: London are offering 15 schools a chance to trade their school-grown and made produce at City Hall on Thursday 14 July .

If you are growing food from your school garden this spring then you can apply to take part in our Schools Marketplace and take some of your pupils to sell your produce at City Hall.

This year all schools taking part also have a chance to enter our ‘Showcase your Growing’ competition. This is a chance to show us how you have grown and nurtured your school garden to prepare for the Marketplace with pictures, recipes and stories. More details will be sent to participating schools.

You can see pictures of the previous Marketplace on Flickr.

How do I register for the Schools Marketplace?

To register for our School Marketplace please download and complete the short application form below.

Download the application for the School Marketplace

Once your application is completed, please email it to Julie@sustainweb.org 

To register for the School Marketplace you will need to be a Capital Growth member. Membership is free, just complete our short online application here. You will also need to fill in Food Growing Schools: London’s survey.

Showcase your growing: the Marketplace competition

26 April 2016

This year all Marketplace schools can apply to enter the ‘Showcase your Growing’ competition. This competition will be a chance to show us how you have grown and nurtured your school garden to prepare for the marketplace with pictures, recipes and stories!
The entries will be judged on the day of the Marketplace and the winning school will be awarded a great prize including a great set of Bulldog Tools, a certificate and much more.

You will need to create and bring at the Marketplace one A2 sheet displaying the following:

  • Your school name and logo
  • Pictures of your plots and pupils caring for the plants
  • Pictures of pupils and / or school staff harvesting and weighing your produce
  • Pictures of pupils and school staff baking and making produce out of your garden fruits and veg
  • A mix of any of the following: recipes, growing tips and stories about your school garden

The Marketplace is an event organise by Capital Growth in partnership with Food Growing Schools: London. It is part of FGSL wider initiative the Growathon.


 

Food Growing Schools: London Southwark Forum

27 April 2016

Food Growing Schools: London are inviting schools in Southwark interested in food growing projects, to a ‘Forum’ at John Ruskin Primary School, John Ruskin Street, Camberwell, SE5 0PQ on Tuesday 24th May from 3.30 to 5.30pm.
These Forums are a chance to gain inspiration and ideas from another food growing school, share ideas and learn something new through a seasonal activity run by Food Growing Schools: London.

We would also like these forums to act as a swap shop, so please bring along and seeds, plants, tools and educational resources you would either like to share, give away or swap with other schools. These forum meetings are open to anyone from Southwark schools involved in or wishing to develop a food growing project, staff, parents, volunteers…

Please contact Paul Sadler at psadler@gardenorganic.org.uk to confirm you would like to attend.


 

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TV gardener Chris Collins announces food growing target for London’s green fingered kids

21 March 2016

We are delighted to report that Chris Collins, best known as the former TV Blue Peter gardener, joined us as a special guest for the first ever Food Growing Schools: London conference last week.

The event took place at Argyle School in Camden and was one of two schools conferences this spring that bring teachers and schools from across London together, with the aim of inspiring and supporting them to become food growing schools.

Chris Collins is a long-standing ambassador of Garden Organic, and a big supporter of Food Growing Schools: London. His inspirational opening speech took the audience through his impressive career spanning 30 years and including lots more than Blue Peter as he’s worked extensively in Africa, at Kew Gardens and Westminster Abbey too.

Chris used the conference as an opportunity to announce that the original target for London’s biggest food growing count, the ‘Growathon’ has been met. It is estimated that over 10,000 London pupils are now involved in growing food at school, with the number climbing by the week.

Having already beaten this target, we are now setting the ambitious aim of reaching 50,000 school pupils by the end of the Summer.


TV Gardener Chris Collins inspires at the First Food Growing Schools: London conference


16 March 2016

The very first Food Growing Schools: London (FGSL) conference took place at Argyle School in Camden this week.

It was one of two schools conferences FGSL are organising this spring to bring schools from across London together with the aim of inspiring and supporting them to become food growing schools.

The FGSL North London Conference explored a variety of interactive and informative advice and hands-on activities led by London’s school food growing experts. After an inspirational welcome from Chris Collins, famous TV gardener and ambassador for lead partner Garden Organic, the schools conference took place with workshops led by a number of the FGSL partner organisations, including Capital Growth and the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, School Food Matters and Trees for Cities.

The event was also supported by Chase Organic Gardening catalogue, who provided seeds for delegates, and Abel & Cole, who donated fruit baskets for the conference.

The day included a keynote speech from Chris Collins and a “Gardener’s Question Time” where the audience had the opportunity to get valuable advice from the highly skilled panel. Top tips included how to engage teenagers and how to grow using horse manure in your soil, adapting small spaces and following the seasons in the year.

Chris Collins said: “I am delighted to be the keynote speaker for the Food Growing Schools: London Conferences. I really value the opportunity to share my food growing experience with teachers and younger generations. As a long standing ambassador for Garden Organic, I am always keen to support this kind of initiative and get more schools growing.”

A limited number of places are still available for the next FGSL Schools Conference which will be on Monday 11 April in Southwark. For each conference FGSL is offering 50 free places to the schools worth £150 per delegate.

Any London school, teachers and volunteers can access free support, tips and materials by signing up to Food Growing Schools: London.


 

FGSL Schools Conference 2016

09 March 2016

North London Conference – Tuesday 15th March 2016, Argyle Primary, Camden

Tuesday 15th March in Camden (Argyle School) 50 schools will join the Food Growing Schools: London partnership for a day of school gardening workshops, packed full of growing ideas, advice and hands-on activities led by London’s school food growing experts.

London schools are welcome to book a place at the next FGSL Schools Conferences which will be held on Monday 11th April in Southwark (John Ruskin).

Two venues, one conference for a day of school gardening workshops delivering  a variety of interactive and informative advice and hands-on activities led by London’s school food growing experts.

Chris Collins, famous TV gardener and passionate Garden Organic ambassador, will be the keynote speaker at the two Schools conferences organised this spring by Food Growing Schools: London, a project which brings together the very best of London’s food growing expertise, information and support, with the ambition to inspire and equip every school in London to grow their own food.

Chris will be also part of the “Gardeners Question Time” activity held during the conferences which will be packed full of growing ideas for all the participants.