Food Growing Schools: London partner School Food Matters is hosting two Gardening Training mornings for school staff in Ealing and Lambeth.
The training will cover planning your food growing area as well as ideas on how to link it to the curriculum. The training will be run by our gardening expert Nick Ives from Food Growing Schools: London.
Who should attend?
Any adult from your school interested in gardening – a teacher, support staff, parent, volunteer – the choice is yours!
Each school can bring up to 1 adult. The session is free to attend and will be a great chance to get some great tips and advice, as well as meet people from other schools.
Gardening Training mornings – ‘How to plan a food growing area and link it to the curriculum’ Where: Reay Primary School, Hackford Road, London, SW9 0EN Date: Tuesday 27th February 2018 Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
Where: Lady Margaret Primary School, Lady Margaret Rd, Southall, UB1 2NH Date: Tuesday 6th March 2018 Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
Food Growing Schools: London teamed up with The London Borough of Bexley’s Public Health Team to highlight the positive impact food growing can have on young peoples mental health and to get more schools to get involved.
The food growing forum was held after school on 29 January at Bexley Civic Council Offices and was a great success.
Ten staff members from various Bexley Primary and Secondary Schools participated in an informative session that considered how school food growing activities can support the mental health needs of pupils.
Lisa Grant, Engagement Officer for Food Growing Schools: London (FGSL) writes:
“The Public Health Team in Bexley and I met with in November last year to discuss the idea we had of a jointly run forum/workshop. We wanted to share information about dealing with the struggles that school-life can throw-up by discussing outdoor learning or food growing as a positive outlet for pupils with mental health challenges. We were thrilled to be able to come together to run this session which was met with positive reviews.”
Pascale, from Bexley Public Health team, has a background in promoting positive initiatives for dealing with mental health issues. She shared information around the Five Ways to Wellbeing – something she is promoting through assemblies in schools in Bexley..
Lisa from Food growing Schools; London knew that many of the people attending were new to food growing and worked at schools where the outdoor growing space was overgrown or non-existent. She presented ideas on how to infuse outdoor learning activities linked to promoting mental health initiatives into the school day.The session included attendees making their own paper pot, filling it with compost and sowing a broad bean seed. This activity was an example of what school staff could engage in with their pupils in a mindful way.
We encouraged everyone to keep in contact with us at Food Growing Schools: London in order for us to let them know what further support we could offer via our online survey. On top of that, we encouraged everyone to sign-up for our regular FGSL Newsletter which includes lots of helpful information including fun competitions and training available throughout London.
Sutton Community Farm (SCF) is a 7 acre farm located in Wallington, south London. The farm is community-owned and not-for-profit and produces a wide variety of vegetables which are largely sold through an organic veg box scheme run by the farm.
Offer to local schools
SCF has received funding to subsidise the cost of local schools visits to attend workshop sessions.
Workshops focus on teaching young people how food is grown and where it comes from, in a setting that allows them to connect with nature in an outdoor learning environment.
The farm is set up to welcome pupils in either Key Stage 2 or 3, and can be flexible in fitting workshops around themes that link to the curriculum.
The funding needs to be spent by the end of the school year in 2018, and so SCF are looking to develop partner relationships with local schools.
Farming happens all year round, with different activities depending on the season.
School visits are possible on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Please contact the farm to check availability.
More information can be found on their website or call the farm phone Monday – Friday 8am – 4.30pm at 07722 156097.
Join Food Growing Schools: London partner Capital Growth on Wednesday 5 July for their summer summit all about health, well-being and growing food in the city.
From mindfulness and garden design, to growing nutrient rich plants and therapeutic horticulture, the afternoon will include workshops and speakers on a variety of topics, plus time to enjoy the onsite permaculture garden and meet other attendees.