encourage schools to grow their own veg

Reduce Edinburgh's carbon footprint in food miles:

Change the curriculum to make food growing and hands on experience in the school garden mandatory.

Create a new post at each primary and secondary school :  School Gardener, much like Art teacher, or PE teacher.

Each class would have access to this lesson once per week allowing each child hands on experience of growing their own potatoes/ carrots/ raspberries lettuce etc. Eating it is a key element of this as the joy of growing and eating your own food is huge. Here is a link to some ideas I created through a externally funded NGO project back in 2018 for involving children in creatively growing their own food. The resulting artworks were exhibited at the RBGE in 2018. Gardening/ Art project in primary schools booklet. The children loved it, and some were really into growing and hands on gardening. I found that especially the ones who didn't like sitting down in classrooms enjoyed and excelled at this. More schools topics need to be delivered outdoors, and here is a great example of how to do it.

This skill will be vital in the not too distant future as our food supply starts to stutter and then break down. Both Brexit and Climate change will affect our food security which at the moment only just over half of all foods coming into UK is supplies by a UK farmer . https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/food-statistics-pocketbook/food-statistics-in-your-pocket-global-and-uk-supply

Why the contribution is important

Reduction in air miles.

Investing in the younger generation 's ability to feed themselves. Think WW2 home growing promotion. Grow Your Own!

Increasing capacity for self reliance and knowledge of the natural world.

Improve soil quality locally, sustaining the soil's abiility for sequestering carbon through organic gardening.

organic farming soil's ability to sequester carbon

 

 

 

by Natartist on September 14, 2020 at 04:34pm

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  • Posted by Hazel September 15, 2020 at 22:10

    What if every school has a 'Polytunnel classroom' to learn about growing and which would also give an extra teaching space all year round.
  • Posted by Voiceofreason October 09, 2020 at 09:01

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