Schools Project

Our ‘foodie’ Schools Project is about helping schools get food growing, cooking, trading and nutrition at their core, and in the long term, become the centre of a sustainable, healthy, inclusive, food community.

Read more about this on our blog here.

We also want to help schools build their own circular economies so will also be working on food waste including composting, and recipes to re-use leftovers instead of throwing them away.

This means using our Local Food Map to partner with local farmers and shops and even have a listing for the school if they want to sell their produce to local people or encourage volunteers.

Some of the barriers to overcome for this project, and initiatives potentially required, include:

This page will grow over time as we explore ways to overcome each barrier and to announce wins in this project.

Why Food Education

Dr Jason O’Rourke from Washingborough Academy: Why Food Education has been central to what we do for 10+years Ant and Shane Holland (head of Slow Food UK) Food education in schools is crucial! Ant and Lesley McIntosh (Dartford Science & Technology College) Food growing for education, as well as produce for the schoolkitchen and community!

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Food Curriculum

TastEd in 170 schools so far

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Children buy-in

Kids love growing food Learning is easier if linked to food Curriculum linked to the veg patch
Wow, I can cook!

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Quick recipes for Kids

Sustainable healthy food Vegetarian healthy snack. A class can make these and sell them to other kids and teachers the next day! Crickets eat waste veg peelings, we eat crickets as a great source of protein

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Gaining buy-in and commitments from the head & governors

The Head teacher really needs to buy-in

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Teacher buy-in

Great to see teachers learning with the kids Amazing RHS courses for teachers to gain knowledge and confidence

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Parents’ buy-in

Get on local TV to get buy-in from locals Encourage parents to join in as a community garden

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Growing space & What to grow

Commercial Indoor Micro Greens, no need to add chemicals for school production! Delicious & healthy Every school should have an asparagus bed. Low maintenance, high value to sell locally, super healthy, harvest in summer term and makes your wee smell! Start small and build. Or get parents and locals to buy-in and help create the growing space and help with maintenance
Creating a growing space can be part of the learning process. Get the kids involved in design Every school should have a Strawberry Tower. Very little space needed, low maintenance as they regrow every year, kids love them, super healthy, harvest in summer term!

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What to do in School Holidays

Community asset and food resource

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Funding

Sports grant, local sponsors, parent’s help….

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Circular Economy, Composting, Wormery

recycling water for your veg Make your own wormery

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School kitchen, chef, catering

What a satisfying job for a chef; Cooking for customers who have grown the ingredients!

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Community Building, local farmers & business

Find a farmer to chat to the classroom about food and farming Sustainable, inclusive, caring communities built around food

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Cookery equipment

Much easier and cheaper than you might think

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Beekeeping

Beekeeping in schools, fun and educational

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Come back often and / or bookmark this page to see what is new with this project.