A veg garden for every school in Bristol
With the increase in provision of free school meals, and with practical cooking being brought into the national curriculum, it's a great time for children to be learning more about where that food comes from. When kids grow their own fruit & veg, they're usually more prepared to try eating it. Not all schools have the space for a veg garden, so this is also an opportunity for strengthening community growing projects which are set-up to provide access to school and groups, or for schools to link-up with community buildings in their areas, where there may be some potential to reclaim growing space. As school growing projects are difficult to manage as a whole-year activity (due to the long summer holiday), it makes sense to set-up new spaces as integrated school and community projects. This can bring added benefits to communities e.g. with older residents passing on skills to the youngest.
Why the contribution is important
There are already some great school gardens in Bristol, but in most instances, their creation and maintenance is usually down to 1 or 2 keen pioneers who just "made it happen". By setting up a schools veg garden network, everyone can learn from the experience of existing projects, but also help protect those pioneer gardens by making school veg gardening the norm rather than the exception. This idea also has the potential to strengthen existing community growing projects, to bring together diverse groups of people, and to reclaim some unloved, unused spaces in the city.
by user721621 on December 13, 2013 at 07:30PM