Food, glorious food!
A recent WWF survey shows that parents and children these days really are open to growing food that’s healthier for them – and the planet too, and it’s schools that are key places for them to learn what to do. Which is great news, because growing and cooking food at school is a great activity for pupils of all ages, enabling them to build their understanding of where some of their food comes from and the impacts of food production, and to develop important life skills that are also rewarding and fun.
READY, STEADY, GO…
GROW YOUR OWN
By recycling your plastic bottles, you can begin to grow a wider variety of plants or flowers that will add a touch of colour to your home, school or community centre.
Why is food growing important?
We rarely hear how what we eat and the ways in which we are growing, producing and processing food has a massive impact on our planet, contributing substantially to climate change and biodiversity loss. And although food is a fundamental part of our everyday lives, many of us have never been more disconnected from the growing and the cooking of it. We should all encourage children to have a go at planting, growing and cooking with fresh ingredients – and learning about the issues behind this activity – because food is key to how we can LiveWell, our health and a really important environmental issue.
How we’re working with young people
Our Plant2Plate resources and activities are here to help you explore and have fun on your own food and sustainability journey! So if you’re a teacher with an appetite (excuse the pun) for a new challenge, or are already really keen on the ‘green stuff’ in schools and fancy a foodie-themed project – check out our Plant2Plate ‘menu’!
There’s “Food for Thought”, a great curriculum resource for use with 7-11s, a lovely storybook “Smith and the healthy meter” for 5-7s, a starter guide and growing calendar for teachers who want to give it a go with their class, and some great activities like our recipe competition. Plus there will be a suite of new resources over the next three terms to help you explore food and climate, food and biodiversity, and food and waste.
From our food growing blog
We’ve got some truly inspiring stories from Green Ambassadors up and down the country that have taken up the challenge of learning about food and sustainability, then having a go at growing and cooking, and the results have been fabulous.