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Food Growing Schools: London 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. Discover London school food growing workshops and events led by our partners below


Photo: RHS/James Pursell
Photo: RHS/James Pursell

Training and Events Diary 2017

Stay informed If you would like to be recieve updates on future events, workshops and news register for our free e-newsletter, and follow us on Twitter. All the workshops below are FREE unless otherwise stated. 


Surplus feast

22 March 2017, 12 - 3pm. Beresford Square, Woolwich
Good Food in Greenwich is cooking up a storm with surplus food from FareShare! Every year thousands of tonnes of perfectly good food is wasted rather than used to feed people first. Using some of this amazing food, we are going to cook up a storm for the people of Greenwich to show just how delicious food surplus can be. We want to know what you think, so join us and let us know your thoughts about the food environment in our borough. Plus, enjoy a delicious FREE meal! To find out more about Good Food in Greenwich, FareShare and other services in the borough. Also including Change for Life bus and information stalls. We are also looking for volunteers, so get in touch if you would like to be involved
www.goodfoodingreenwich.org


Planning your planting and curriculum links. Including Square Foot Gardening and the Shelf Life Project

Friday 24 March 2017, Ravenscourt Park 9.30 to 12.30pm
A school gardening workshop run by Hammersmith Community Garden Association (HCGA). Our expert School Gardeners know the best varieties to plant in order to harvest food crops before the end of the summer term as well as which plants will survive the summer holidays for harvesting in the autumn.  Square foot gardening and Shelf Life are fun ways to grow in a small space and these inspiring ideas will help you to make the best of your space this year. Each session costs £30 or £50 for 2 sessions Free to schools in Kensington and Chelsea. For more details or to book a place for a workshop please email bookings@hcga.org.uk


The Edible School Garden

27 March 2017. Rhyl Primary School, NW5 3HB
This course will give you the skills you need to set up a simple productive garden and manage the growing space seasonally throughout the year.  By encouraging your pupils to grow their own food, you can improve their knowledge of plant science required by the current curriculum and encourage healthy eating through the discovery of exciting new tastes and flavours (RHS)


Grandparent Gardening Week

27 to 31 March 2017, Nationwide
It’s not too late to get involved in Food for Life’s Grandparent Gardening Week. Taking place from 27th-31st March 2017, Grandparent Gardening Week is a great way to involve your community in school life and kick start your garden into action after the winter. This year there is a great competition to get involved in too. Prizes include a Polytunnel, roll out sensory garden and a veg trug!  Just share your Grandparent Gardening Week photos on Twitter using the hashtag #FFLGGWeek.

Please note – you need to be a Food for Life school to enter the competition. Membership starts at just £25. Find out more here


Organic food growing for beginners

Saturday 1 April 10:30am - 1:00pm. St Luke's Community Centre, EC1V 8AJ
If you want to start growing food but don't know where to start, this course is for you! From understanding your space to what can be grown to basic organic principles, we'll go through all the essential steps to start a successful organic food growing space. £12.50 - £20 (Capital Growth)


Permaculture polycultures: Integrating annuals and edible perennials

Tuesday 11 April 6:00 - 8:30pm. Cecil Sharp House, NW1 7AY
Learn how to design and plant your garden with a mix of annual and edible perennials, using permaculture principles and growing techniques. £12.50 - £20 (Capital Growth)


Gardening for Wildlife & Biodiversity

Thursday 20 April 2017, Phoenix School Farm, 1-4pm
A school gardening workshop run by Hammersmith Community Garden Association (HCGA). An opportunity to look round this fantastic growing space which includes many examples of how you can increase biodiversity on your school site.  There will be practical activities and resources to take away. Each session costs £30 or £50 for 2 sessions Free to schools in Kensington and Chelsea. For more details or to book a place for a workshop please email bookings@hcga.org.uk


The Big Dig

Saturday 22 April 2017

"The spirit of the Big Dig is what community gardening is all about"

Every spring, hundreds of volunteers pull on their wellies and head outside to help community gardens get ready for the new growing season. Join Capital Growth and gardens across the capital to kick off the growing season with our annual volunteer open day. In 2016, in London over 40 gardens took part, welcoming over 750 volunteers to help shovel compost, build trellises, plant seedlings and enjoy a hard day's work in the company of friends and neighbours. Find out more: www.bigdig.org.uk (Capital Growth) 


Outdoor Learning Conference

Wednesday 26 April, 9:30-3pm, Rhyl Primary School, Camden
Fancy a brilliant day of workshops on topics around outdoor learning, school gardening and edible education? Rhyl Primary School in Camden is hosting their fourth annual Outdoor Learning Conference on Wednesday April 26th, 9:30-3pm. Download the conference flyer. Workshops include Forest School, inspiring maths and writing outdoors, garden design, embedding in school curriculum and guest speakers from the trailblazing Natural Connections Project. Find out more info.


Green woodwork and woodland management

Saturday 29 April 10:30am - 1:00pm. Oasis Nature Garden, SW4 6SP
This session is an introduction to managing a small urban sustainable woodland within the beautiful natural play site of Oasis Nature Garden. A great place to start for newbies or for those wanting to add to their existing understanding of wildlife gardening/play etc. The session will include a tour of the garden and woodland and a hands-on workshop on making traditional hurdles for the woodland out of coppiced hazel. £12.50 - £20 (Capital Growth)


Design and plan your garden

Wednesday 3 May 5:30 - 8:00pm. The Regent's Park, NW1 4NR
This session contains all you need to design and plan a successful growing space throughout the year including planning what crops to grow when, soil management, and how to extend the growing season. £12.50 - £20 (Capital Growth)


Bespoke Training

Aimed at helping your school get started, Food Growing Schools: London workshops for school staff and local volunteers led by Garden Organic are packed full of simple and achievable growing tips, whatever the size of your growing space – from container growing, through to establishing a new school garden. Aimed at helping you to integrate food growing into your primary and secondary curriculum activities, growing food can involve the whole school across a myriad of subjects (from Science, to English, Maths, Design and Technology and more).

FGSL offers a range of school food growing workshop activities, such as:

  • Growing in Containers
  • Seeds and Seed Sowing
  • Food Growing in the Curriculum
  • Gardening for Wildlife
  • Practical gardening activity (e.g. creating raised bed, compost bin, planting an orchard)
  • Business Enterprise in Schools

If you would like a school food growing workshop in your area get in touch. We are also looking for new school venues to hold regular growing events in too.

Contact your FGSL Engagement Officer to arrange a school workshop in your London borough.

Career development for young people

Visit our careers webpage to find information and inspiration about careers in horticulture for young people.


To find out more ways to get involved and grow food in your school click on the links below: