Evidence of the benefits
Food Growing in Schools
In March 2012, Caroline Spelman MP, Secretary of State for Defra, launched the publication of the Food Growing in Schools Taskforce Report. The Taskforce, led by Garden Organic, highlights compelling evidence that proves food growing in schools helps support children achieve, builds life and employability skills, and improves their health and well-being.
The Taskforce consisted of 25 representatives with interests and expertise in the delivery of food growing in schools. It included leaders and practitioners from schools, charities, corporate providers, voluntary and community organisations, the media and government departments including Defra, Health, and Education.
The Taskforce engaged with over 150 organisations and schools and used data from an independent, national survey of 1,300 schools carried out to produce the final Report and Recommendations.
The Taskforce has made six key recommendations for the future to help realise the vision of every school being a food growing school.
- A national campaign celebrating food growing in schools
- A policy emphasis on food growing in schools
- A food growing in schools online hub
- Business commitments to support food growing in schools
- Promotion of food growing by school leadership teams
- Improved links between food growing in schools and food-related careers
Read the Executive Summary of the Food Growing in Schools - Taskforce Report. The Full Report is also available.
Growing our future
Growing our future - the impact of growing food in schools as part of a broader food education program.
Good food for all
Good food for all - the impact of the Food for Life.
Benefits to teachers
School project case studies
- Baginton School, Growing Enterprise - Ryton Organic Gardens, Coventry
- Community Allotment Project - in Barnes, London
- Edible playground - in Tower Hamlets, London
- Encouraging volunteers in schools - in Flintshire, Wales
- Enterprise Food Garden Award winners - in Hackney, London
- Gardening for health - in Hackney, London
- Gold Food For Life award school - in Greenwich, London
- Growing Enterprise project - at Ryton Organic Gardens, Coventry
- Growing in a small space - Hammersmith & Fulham, London
- Growing in the Community - Camden, London
- Growing together for Enterprise - in Flintshire, Wales
- Rooftop Growing - in Southwark, South London
- Tom, Growing Enterprise project - Ryton Organic Gardens, Coventry
- Working with corporate volunteers - Tower Hamlets, London