Exciting Autumn food events

Get set for some food growing inspiration this Autumn with these fantastic events.

Urban Food Fortnight, 9-25 September 2016

Organised by Sustain, Urban Food Fortnight is the capital’s celebration of the fabulous ultra-local produce being grown, produced and cooked on our doorstep. Events will take place across London during these two weeks including pop-up dinners in community gardens, special menus featuring London-grown produce, food talks and more.  Try cheese from Tottenham, lamb reared in Enfield and salad grown in Hackney and take inspiration back to your own plot ready for some Autumn sowing and Spring planning. (Capital Growth)

Urban Harvest Feast, 17 September 2016

Get a taste of London’s edible gardens as Capital Growth community food growing gardens open their doors and welcome visitors in for free.  Events include foraging walks, cob oven pizza feasts, fresh apple pressing, bonfires and musical performances.  You can even enter your own school grown produce in a classic vegetable show in Stratford, or take inspiration and get tips on how to grow your own in Bethnal Green.

Check out the map to find out what’s happening near you.

London Fairtrade Schools Conference, 10 October 2016, 9.30am-2.30pm

Organised by Trading Visions and Fairtrade Foundation, this conference is to inspire pupils, teachers and support staff in London about Fairtrade. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to hear two special guests, Esther and Samuel both aged 15, from a cocoa growing community in Ghana, who will speak about the Kuapa Kokoo Fairtrade co-operative that co-owns Divine Chocolate.  Other highlights include workshops on cocoa and the impact of Fairtrade, plus a make-your-own smoothie bike, and an opportunity to learn how to taste chocolate properly – yum!

The conference is open to students aged 7-14.  Places coste £2 each and are limited to up to two adults and eight students per school.  Snacks and drinks for breaks will be provided but please bring a packed lunch.

Email roxy@tradingvisions.org to book your places.

London Fairtrade Schools Conference, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, NW1 2BJ

 

Celebrating our success – a City Hall event

FGSL growing activities at the Edible Garden Show. Photo: Jane Baker/Garden Organic
FGSL growing activities at the Edible Garden Show. Photo: Jane Baker/Garden Organic

We are delighted to announce that we will be celebrating the success of Food Growing Schools: London (FGSL) with a special event in the London’s Living Room at City Hall on Thursday 13 October, from 10.45am to 1.30pm, including lunch.

The event will be hosted by the GLA and opened by the Deputy Mayor of London Joanne McCartney. It will be a fantastic opportunity to bring together people from across the capital that have been part of our journey and that join us in our ambition to get every London school growing their own food!

Coinciding with our final Schools Marketplace in partnership with Capital Growth at City Hall, everyone coming to the event will also have the opportunity to visit the 15 stalls held by children on the Lower Ground floor. As always, schools will showcase their food growing by selling school grown produce and products such as chutneys, jams, herbs and winter salads. What better way to start our FGSL celebration than to see enterprising schools at work! The Schools Marketplace takes place as part of Grow Your Own Business activities this Autumn term.

Speakers at the celebration event include Chris Collins (Broadcaster and Head of Horticulture at Garden Organic), James Campbell (CEO Garden Organic), Professor Judy Orme MFPH (MSc Health Promotion), and Mat Jones MPhil, BA, PG Cert (University of West England) who will share the great successes of Food Growing Schools: London to date.

It will be a chance to look at why food growing is important and the transformational impact it can have on children and schools that get involved. We will hear first-hand from teachers and children about the benefits and why they think EVERY school in London should grow their own food.

To find out more and to book a place visit Eventbrite.

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Sixth Schools Marketplace Returns to City Hall

Schools Marketplace City Hall. Photo: Jane Baker/Grden Organic
Schools Marketplace City Hall. Photo: Jane Baker/Grden Organic

Our sixth (and final!) School Marketplace in partnership with Capital Growth will be held at City Hall on Thursday 13 October, from 11am to 2pm. All schools within Capital Growth network* are invited to take part, but you must sign up quickly as there are only 15 spaces available.

The FGSL theme for food growing this term is Grow Your Own Business and the Marketplace is a fine example of schools bringing that theme to life! Schools will once again be joining us to show off and sell their home-grown produce and products, such as jams, chutneys, herbs and winter salad bags.

To celebrate all this fantastic growing, we will be awarding prizes during the day for Best Dressed Stall, Most Enterprising Product and for the People’s Choice of their favourite stall.

We will also announce the winners of our FGSL Schools Survey prize draw, with prizes including a meal for two at Wahaca worth £50 and a visit from the FGSL team to give one-to-one gardening support. Last chance to win by completing our survey.

We were delighted to have the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan visit our Marketplace event this July. He visited every single stall and said, “It’s great to see these young people growing their own grub and developing entrepreneurial skills.”

Our final Marketplace promises to be just as special, coinciding with a Food Growing Schools: London Celebration Event taking place the same day in London’s Living Room at the top of City Hall. Every delegate will be visiting the Marketplace before the event – no doubt making it our busiest schools market ever!

To apply: Simply download, complete and return the application form to Maddie at maddie@sustainweb.org by Wednesday 28 September:
* If you’re not yet part of the Capital Growth network it’s free and really easy to join so get that done today and then you’re ready to apply to be part of the Marketplace too.

Discover more FGSL Training and Events this Autumn Term.

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FGSL Barnet Forum: food growing inspiration for schools

Food Growing Schools: London are inviting all the schools in Barnet interested in food growing projects to a forum at Chalgrove Primary School, Chalgrove Gardens, Finchley, N33PL on Wednesday 22nd 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  be also plenty of free seeds and resources available from Food Growing Schools: London.

These forum meetings are open to anyone from Barnet schools involved in or wishing to develop a food growing project including staff, parents, volunteers.

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

Celebrate Empty Classroom Day – Friday 17th June

Empty Classroom Day is a day to celebrate and inspire learning and play outside the classroom, and we want YOU to get involved! Food Growing Schools: London is supporting this amazing initiative inviting all the schools in London to grow food

Join schools from across the world in taking at least one class outdoors, and then see if you can get the rest of your year group outside or maybe your whole school? This year we are focussing on playtime too, it’s just as important as the rest of the school day!

Check out the resources page for inspirational lesson plans, posters and advice on how to make Empty Classroom Day brilliant and how to sustain outdoor play and learning all year round.

Empty Classroom Day this year is part of a GLOBAL campaign, backed by Persil’s Dirt is Good movement, so there will be loads of opportunities to share not only with schools across the UK, but across the world.

Be part of a movement that gets children outdoors at school every day!

And if you grow food outside on Friday 17th June within Empty Classroom Day initiative, you will be joining also in the Growathon Challenge, a FGSL campaign which aims to get 50000 students growing food in London by the end of Summer 2016.

https://emptyclassroomday.org.uk/

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.

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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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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