This RHS project is suitable for teachers, teaching assistants and volunteers across all age groups with little or no previous gardening experience.
Reconnecting with food- with its provenance, its cultural significance, its variety - helps children to develop healthier habits. This has never been more important than today when nearly a third of children aged 2-15 are overweight or obese. From September 2017, the government's new voluntary healthy rating scheme for primary schools will recognise those that are encouraging children to eat better and move more through a whole school approach.
A thriving edible school garden is an invaluable resource in supporting this approach. Through hands on experience of food growing, children learn to recognise and enjoy the taste of a wide range of fruits and vegetables. Children are more physically active. They come to appreciate the science as well as the as the art of growing, and they understand what is needed for a sustainable environment.
Children and young people, their families and extended communities are enriched through the experience of growing and sharing food.
This enjoyable, hands on course will cover all the basics so that you can get children actively involved in growing their own food. After the course, you will receive ongoing support by email with suggested resources and have access to a social media page to discuss and share your ideas.
What to expect on the day:
- Understand how plants grow from seed to a crop
- Identify the parts of the plant that you can eat
- Learn how to prepare the soil to get the best yields
- Learn how to sow and grow a delicious range of vegetables throughout the year
- Get hints and tips on making the most of your produce
Age range targeted: 5 - 11-year-olds
Cost: £95.00 per person. £170 if you book two separate courses or two places on the same course.
Skill Level: Suitable for teachers, teaching assistants and volunteers across all age groups, with little or no previous experience.
CPD Provider: Mairi Coxon