Garden Organic’s education work is focused on our organisational aim of getting more people growing organically. We work with schools, colleges and those with special educational needs. Our work aims for beneficiaries to access the multiple benefits of growing food, understanding the natural world and engaging in hands on, practical activity. We do this through our training, project work and demonstration gardens, Ryton Organic Gardens.
The Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture. The aim is 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. Since 2007 Garden Organic has been a partner in the Food for Life Partnership.
A comprehensive range of 'food growing' educational resources rooted in knowledge brought to the partnership by Garden Organic can be accessed on the FFLP's website.
Food Growing Schools: London aims to support every school in London to become a food growing school and to fully embed food growing into school life. The ultimate aim is to demonstrate how every school (and the community it serves) can benefit from food growing, so that school leaders, staff and volunteers have the skills and confidence to get involved.
Growing Enterprise, funded by the Daylesford Foundation, is a newly established project. It provides opportunities for young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and/or challenging behaviour to learn about organic gardening and making horticultural related products for sale within a small enterprise.
Garden Organic is able to run a range of training sessions in regional locations and individual schools or clusters of schools. Many of our courses can be run as whole day events with practical activities, or half day or twilight sessions as more of a general overview.
Ryton Gardens demonstrates a wide range of organic gardening methods, where young people will see a thriving site where vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees live in harmony with wildlife. This is a great opportunity for an educational day out in Warwickshire, the gardens are a place where many aspects of school learning (science, design and technology, geography, maths) are brought to life in the natural environment.