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The campaign brings together many organisations which support food growing activities for children.

  The Academy of Culinary Arts Chefs Adopt a School Trust
Chefs Adopt a School is a food education programme developed to teach primary school children about food and cooking and the vital role that food and nutrition play in our lives.  Through a series of practical hands-on sessions where children get to use their senses and practice their skills, it shows how to respect and appreciate food and where it comes from and that a healthy diet is key to eating our way to a healthy and happier future. 
 Children's Food Campaign logo Children's Food Campaign
The Children's Food Campaign wants to improve young people's health and well-being through better food – and food teaching – in schools and by protecting children from junk food marketing.  We are supported by over 300 organisations and 12,000 members of the public.
Farming and Countryside Education
Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) helps young people learn about food and farming in a sustainable countryside. It is a charity that networks with organizations throughout the food and farming industry.  FACE works with schools by developing resources and promoting educational visits to farms.
Farms for City Children
Farms for City Children is a charity working to expand the horizons and enrich the lives of children from cities and towns all over the country through a whole week spent living and working together on one of the three real farms in the heart of the countryside.
Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens
The FCFCG provides support and advice for community managed gardening and farming groups. The learning that comes from communal activity, skills development, understanding where our food comes from, and communal responsibility for the land, lead to healthier lives for individuals and their communities. We actively endorse the campaign and will continue to provide our specialist support to those wishing to join us in implementing the objectives.
Food for Life Partnership
The Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture. Led by the Soil Association, the Food for Life Partnership brings together the practical expertise of the Focus on Food Campaign, Garden Organic and the Health Education Trust. They want to transform school and community food culture across England, by harnessing the ideas and initiative of young people and community leaders. They aim to reach out through schools to give communities access to seasonal, local and organic food, and to the skills they need to cook and grow fresh food for themselves.
Foodshare's vision is for every pupil in the UK to learn the value and importance of growing and sharing, inspiring a nation of 'Food Philanthropists'. Schools nationwide are setting up dedicated Foodshare 'Growing to Give' beds for children to grow seasonal and fresh produce for local charities. In addition, the Harvest Heroes programme is a school-wide initiative where every pupil grows a plant from seed in the classroom and continues to nurture it at home with their families. Half of the harvest is donated to the school's nominated Foodshare charity, with the other half enjoyed by the family. As their class bid to become the school's Harvest Heroes, pupils also collect donations of surplus home-grown produce from family, friends and neighbours, helping to reduce food waste, the charity's food miles and their spiralling grocery bills.
Garden Organic
Garden Organic is the UK's leading organic growing charity. It has been at the forefront of the organic horticulture movement for 50 years and is dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food. The charity has been working in schools for over 10 years to encourage young people to grow their own food and to give teachers support and confidence to pass on valuable lessons about food growing and where food comes from.
Good Gardeners Association
The Good Gardeners Association has been developing and delivering their "Sowing the Seed" Project for several years. This is a growing project which encourages children of all ages and abilities to consider the importance of the soil in the production of healthy food. At the heart of the project is a growing experiment which explores the differences between conventional digging and the no dig compost method and which uses art, science, numeracy, literacy and more to explore the relationships between the soil, our food, and our own health.
Organic Research Centre
The Organic Research Centre at Elm Farm, since 1980 has researched, developed and promoted sustainable methods of food production for farmers and growers. The Education Department also works with schools, colleges and the wider community to encourage an interest in food, in how it is produced and how the production methods affect food quality.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the UK's leading gardening charity, launched the RHS Campaign for School Gardening in September 2007 with a call to action to all UK primary schools to get growing.  The Campaign is currently supporting eleven thousand schools across the UK to place gardening at the heart of their teaching and learning and to support health and well being initiatives.  Schools registering can access the Campaign website with extensive online resources and a benchmarking scheme with rewards and recognition for schools progressing in their gardening.  A national programme of Continuing Professional Development workshops is available for teachers.  Campaign Regional Advisors currently deliver horticultural expertise on the ground in three Regions; Yorkshire and The Humber, East of England and London.  An Advisor will be appointed in the North West region by Summer 2010. 
School Food Matters
School Food Matters' core goal is for every child to enjoy fresh sustainable food at school and to understand where their food comes from.  We do this by urging local authorities to look at the way they source food for school meals and by promoting food education through cooking, growing and farm visits.


The campaign is coordinated by the Children's Food Campaign.


Children's Food Campaign

Better food and food teaching for children in schools, and protection of children from junk food marketing are the aims of Sustain's high-profile Children's Food Campaign. We also want clear food labelling that can be understood by everyone, including children.

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