Food Growing Schools
New for 2017 - FoCG volunteers are working with the reception class of St Paul’s Cathedral school with weekly curriculum-based learning sessions on plants and biodiversity.
FoCG has also worked with two State primary schools in the City and City fringe to help deliver the Capital Growth Food Growing Schools programme www.foodgrowingschools.org
Sir John Cass Primary School
FoCG volunteers maintained the roof top vegetable garden for several years. In the spring term 2016 we started weekly sessions for Year 2 to supplement their curriculum learning on the theme of Explorers - at the discovery of new food plants. As well as learning how seeds germinate, children planted potatoes and peas. In the kitchen we led herb tasting sessions and cooked herb scones, fava flour pancakes and colcannon.
Most of the produce grown on the roof is used in the school canteen and is entered into the Harvestometer, which measures how many meals are produced in the garden.
Prior Weston Primary School
We also support the after school gardening club at Prior Weston primary school. The gardening club comprises 15 children from Years 1 to 6. With the agreement of the Friends of Fortune Park, the children have taken over the veg beds in the park to grow beans, peas and potatoes. They have also been on an expedition to Fann Street wildlife garden to look at frogspawn in the pond and have examined bird nests removed from nest boxes at the annual cleaning. Both the veg beds in Fortune Park and the roof top planters in the school are registered as Capital Growth food growing spaces.
Roof clean up sessions On spring 2016 a task force of FoCG volunteers, local residents and parents took the first steps to create a new veg growing space, moving the existing roof top planters and clearing dead plants and creating pollinator-friendly beds.
FoCG was successful in bidding for funding of £500 and five days of support from the RHS community outreach officer, Chris Young, to help create the new vegetable garden and support outdoor learning as part of the RHS Greening Grey Britain project for Health and Wellbeing.
Year group curriculum-based learning in Bunhill Fields. In May and June 2016 FoCG volunteers facilitated three curriculum- based learning sessions in Bunhill Fields for Years 1, 2 and 3.