This 2012 report, complied by a coalition of gardening and education charities, highlights the benefits of food-growing activities in schools and makes the case for the Department for Education to ensure that every school provides the opportunity for children to reap these benefits.
Many schools already teach food-growing skills and have discovered for themselves that this can help to:
Hard evidence of these benefits is accumulating, alongside the experience of schools, pupils and a wide range of organisations. By coming together to produce this short report, we aim to persuade the Department for Education to work with us to ensure that all children – not just some – can reap these benefits.
This report was complied by the Academy of Culinary Arts Chefs Adopt a School Trust, Children’s Food Campaign, Farming and Countryside Education, Farms for City Children, Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, Food for Life Partnership, Foodshare, Garden Organic, Good Gardeners Association, Organic Research Centre, Royal Horticultural Society and School Food Matters.
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