Training and events
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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 or take a look at Capital Growth's Event and Training Calendar or RHS Schools Training Courses.
Upcoming Events and Training
Looking to start growing food or do you want to get more out of your school garden? These training opportunities from our partners in London can help you take the next step!
Wednesday 8 November, Hammersmith Academy
This RHS after school twilight session provides you with a series of plant-based science experiments that have been designed to inspire the imagination of students, whilst meeting the current Key Stage 4 Biology curriculum. Free.
Applications close Wednesday, 1 Nov.
Project Learning Garden equips schools with everything they need to develop a vegetable garden and use it as an outdoor classroom. Following its success in the USA, Project Learning Garden is now being delivered by Garden Organic in the UK, with generous funding from Seeds of Change. Schools are provided with free hands-on training, curriculum linked resources, raised beds and gardening tools, a fully equipped mobile cooking cart and ongoing support and guidance. There are a few spaces remaining for London Borough of Merton schools to join. In particular, they are seeking schools new to growing or need support revitalising their garden.
Monday 13 November, London
The conference will equip teachers/schools with a 'whole school approach to sustainability' framework, new ideas on doorways in and student competencies, new information on sustainability, new evidence to encourage others in your school and action planning. Free for teachers.
Wednesday 15 November, National
The Soil Association's Food For Life programme invites schools and nurseries across the country to open their doors to parents, grandparents and members of their local community and enjoy a freshly prepared, locally sourced roast dinner together. Win prizes. Free to register.
Sunday 26 November (deadline), London
Freedom Seed Saver Network are offering new members the opportunity to take part in a series of workshops covering all the basics of saving seed for the most popular vegetable crops: in return we’d like you to grow and save seeds for the Freedom Seed Bank. The workshops will take place in the first half of 2018 at various community gardens.
Visit Capital Growth's food-growing training webpage to see a full and current list of the opportunities available in London.
Visit the RHS Campaign for School Gardening training calendar to find opportunities available in London.
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 starting container growing, through to managing an established school garden. Food growing can be integrated into your primary and secondary curriculum activities, and growing food can involve the whole school across a myriad of subjects (from Science, to English, Maths, Design and Technology and more).
If you would like to arrange a workshop or would be interested in finding out more, please contact fgsLondon@gardenorganic.org.uk
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, see the options in the menu.