The Food Growing Schools: London project, which was due to end in March this year, is set to continue for another 12 months, having secured new funding from a major donor.
FGSL was launched in 2013 with Big Lottery funding to increase the number of London schools growing food, through a combination of hands-on support, teacher training, termly growing activities and regular events. An independent review of FGSL reported that 87% of London schools surveyed are now involved in growing. This take-up of food-growing activities has led to a significant increase in pupils being more aware of healthy eating and sustainability, enabling them to start making healthy life choices from an early age.
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Chris Collins, Head of Organic Horticulture at Garden Organic, the lead partner in the project, says, “It’s such an uplifting piece of news. Understanding the process from seed to plate is a life skill, and the hard work of those involved in the Food Growing Schools: London project has made great leaps in educating the next generation. However the work is far from done; we have set off on the road and it is superb news that continued funding enables us to carry on this positive work.”
Find out more at http://www.foodgrowingschools.org/
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