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Every school a food-growing school

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.


Every school a food-growing schoolMany schools already teach food-growing skills and have discovered for themselves that this can help to:

  • Teach children enterprise skills, such as organising the sale or donation of surplus produce.
  • Build community spirit and a sense of citizenship, for example, linking up across the generations and supporting local charities.
  • Encourage children to lead healthier lives, through physical activity outdoors and inspiring children to eat the fruit and vegetables they have grown.
  • Reduce our environmental impact, by showing how locally grown, seasonal food can enhance biodiversity and reduce waste.
  • Raise educational standards and improve behaviour, particularly for those less comfortable in a classroom setting.

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.

Report contents

  • Summary 
  • Introduction
  • Teaching children enterprise skills
  • Building communities and developing citizenship
  • Helping children to lead healthier lives
  • Reducing our environmental impact
  • Raising educational standards
  • Conclusion

Every school a food-growing school
2010 20pp | 1337Kb


Published 10 Nov 2010

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.

2010 20pp


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