FGSL partners’ growing resources
Scroll down to read about the following:
- FGSL partner growing resources
- Give it a Grow
- Harvestometer - how much is your produce worth?
- Guidance to support Ofsted changes
Discover food growing resources by visiting our partner's websites below:
- Garden Organic delivering the growing activities for the Food for Life Partnership
- School Food Matters
- Capital Growth
- RHS Campaign for School Gardening
- Trees for Cities
Visit our About Us page to find out more about our project partners.
Schools Food Matters:
Top Ten Tips for getting started
From how to manage your space and use recycled materials, to getting support and funding, School Food Matters have all the tips needed to stop you losing the plot when getting started.
Garden Organic's Give it a Grow initiative is an ideal opportunity for individuals, schools and the wider community to get started with growing their own food. It's easy, fun and we will be providing sound advice and resources to help you along the way! Anyone can grow their own food, even on a small scale. All you need is:
- just one pot
- some compost (preferably peat free and organic)
- and some seeds.
Garden Organic suggest some plants that are simple to grow, delicious to eat, and will grow happily and healthily in your pot. Browse through the cards, pick your favourite from the list and see how you go. Choose to grow one of our recommended vegetables (e.g spicy winter salads or chard in Autumn) and make your pledge today, visit: Give it a Grow
How much is your picnic worth?
Capital Growth’s online tool, the Harvest-ometer, is a great way to engage your pupils in thinking about the productivity and value of your food growing project. By recording and entering information on how much food you harvest, you will be able to find out how much this food is worth (in £) and how many meals this contributes to. It also helps you predict this in advance based on the size of your growing space. This tool makes a great addition to the Grow Your Own picnic activity, meaning that you can encompass lots of other activities such as maths and enterprise and Capital Growth has activity sheets to help.
All you need to do is:
- Become a Capital Growth member for free.
- Grow some food!
- Weigh and record your harvest on the Harvestometer
- Check progress on your personalised Harvestometer graph
How much can London grow?
In 2013 160 Capital Growth growing spaces (including schools, community spaces and allotments) grew enough food to contribute to 250 000 meals, weighing over 21 tonnes, with a value of £150k. Amazing
6 Jul 2015
The School Food Plan has produced practical guidance to help school leaders and governing bodies adopt a whole school approach to food and create a culture and ethos of healthy eating. It is designed to be used alongside other School Food Plan resources including the Headteacher Checklist and What Works Well website. Ofsted, which we consulted in developing the guidance, will be making this document available to inspectors in their training. Download here: Creating-a-culture-ethos-of-healthy-eating-Practical-Guidance