Food Growing Across the Secondary Curriculum – Croydon session

Food Growing Schools Engagement Officer, Lisa Grant will be delivering an afternoon session in Croydon on 24 April from 1.00 – 3.30pm on Food Growing Across the Secondary Curriculum – sharing ideas on how to infuse food growing into your everyday teaching and learning in an outdoor classroom setting.

Open to teachers and school staff in Croydon and the surrounding area.

The event will be held at Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College for Girls.

Please sign-up in advance with Croydon School Food Improvement Officer Laura Flanagan


Tel: 020 8604 7459

FaceTime/Skype a Farmer for #FarmingFriday

LEAF and FACE have an exciting opportunity to bring the world of farming, food and the environment directly into your classroom.

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), has recently merged with FACE (Farming and Countryside Education) and work together educating young people and the wider public regarding the agricultural industry as a whole.


LEAF and FACE are listed in our Food Growing Schools: London Directory of supporting organisations – see the Directory here.

 What is FaceTime/Skype a Farmer?

FaceTime/Skype a Farmer has operated a successful pilot scheme in the East of England and they would now like to extend the invite to your school.

British farmers work in a modern, high-tech industry and are eager to engage with young people. LEAF and FACE would like to facilitate either a FaceTime or Skype call between your classroom and a farmer (either locally or from another part of the UK or both).

The Process

They want to make this easy for teachers to organise as well as engaging and informative for the students.

Download this pdf for full details: #Farming Friday – Schools

A designated teacher emails the farmer a week before the call to either:

  • Give the farmer questions to answer from your students

– Or –

  • Discuss areas of the National Curriculum / Exam Specifications you are currently covering that might relate to food, farming or the environment.

The farmer will then be able to talk to your class over Skype or FaceTime, from a location on his/her farm – either in the field, the barn, tractor, harvester, etc.

For example, farmers are able to talk about soil, animal welfare, seasons, the farm as a business, etc.

Ideally this is best suited to a registration/tutor time once per week / two weeks / monthly to last between 10-20minutes. But ultimately the project is flexible to best meet your needs

The farmers will all be current working farmers who have a passion for talking about what they do and engaging with young people … perhaps even inspiring a future generation to consider the agricultural industry as a career option. Many of the farmers will have experience of hosting and running school visits.

Currently LEAF/FACE are looking for the names and contact details of schools that would be interested and have the capability to Skype or FaceTime a farmer.

If you are interested, please send in the following details to

Name and Address of School:

Age Range:

Teacher Contact Name:

Teacher Contact Email:

Best time for your call to take place:


This initiative is starting in the Spring Term of 2018. Once we have the details of the schools that are interested they can find a farmer for you to start an engaging conversation between schools and farmers.

In the meantime, if you would like any further information please feel free to contact your Regional Education Consultant.

About Countryside Classroom

Countryside Classroom helps teachers to find resources, places to visit and school support relating to the themes of food, farming and the natural environment. Our site contains a range of quality assured educational content from hundreds of contributors.

About LEAF

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) is the leading organisation delivering more sustainable food and farming.  LEAF works with farmers, the food industry, scientists and consumers to inspire and enable sustainable farming that is prosperous, enriches the environment and engages local communities.  We are leading a collaborative approach within the industry for better education and public engagement in farming, food and the countryside among the public, children and young people.

About FACE

FACE (Farming and Countryside Education) is the leading educational charity working with schools to help children and young people understand the connection between farming and their daily lives. FACE creates high quality educational experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, that change perspectives and deepen understanding of the food we eat, the people who produce it and the choices we all make as citizens.

Sutton Community Farm offers visits for local schools

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.


Train a trainer with Food for Life in Greenwich

Transforming food culture

One of our Food Growing Schools: London partners, Soil Association Food for Life is working with the London Royal Borough of Greenwich to transform food culture in the borough.

Alexander McLeod Primary School in Abbey Wood hosted a few keen people on 5 Dec 2017  who had food growing and healthy cooking on their minds as part of the Food for Life Train the Trainer partnership in Greenwich.

The project is about community-based people training others in areas of food education linked to promoting a healthy lifestyle through food, both in growing healthy food and then also using that healthy food to prepare meals.

Train a trainer

The food growing element of the training was led by Garden Organic’s Associate Liz Davies.  She took participants through the elements of the Food for Life awards criteria, whole school approach to food education linked to the primary curriculum, organic growing in schools and also composting in schools.

Integrating organic growing with the primary curriculum focusing on Food for Life activities including school community engagement brought everything to life by using the school’s glorious growing space as a foundation for learning.

The afternoon finished with participants’ trialing practical activities highlighting health and safety considerations in schools along with curriculum planning and seed saving ideas.

Events like these help to gather bright minds and great ideas, to help build stronger, healthier communities.


If you’d like to find out more about the Soil Association Food For Life programme and related initiatives, please visit their website.