One of the three ‘learning plates‘ for the Incredible Edible network is all about supporting schools with their food growing projects. We welcome all schools to Incredible Edible Lambeth and will be building this resource for you. There are a number of organisations helping schools so you might wonder why you should join IEL. The answer is that we are the only local network – we want to link schools to local communities and find ways to support you in your endeavours to enable all children to have a deeper understanding of the importance of local, seasonal, organic food. We believe that learning how to grow food is a vital life skill and there is evidence to suggest that if children experience the outdoors and get their hands in the soil, they will be happier, healthier individuals.
We will signpost you to the most helpful websites and will use our website to publicise your activities.
More resources can be found at:
Trees for Cities are match funding schools to create Edible Playgrounds and in addition, they are running a ‘trees for school’s’ programme – free trees are available; why not think about growing some fruit trees?
The South London Botanical Institute runs a lovely two hour workshop for KS1 with a focus on food plants
School Food Matters has a list of ongoing, past and future projects; possible funding opportunities
If you need a guide to growing, go to www.sustainweb.org and look at their publications. There is an urbanfarmingtoolkit which may have some valuable advice for growing food in schools
Top ten gardening tips for kids can be found at Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins’ website
Schools currently members of IEL are:
Heathbrook Primary School
Sudbourne Primary School
St Gabriel’s College
Christ Church Primary School
The Nest Pre-School