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Support for schools

One of the best ways to get a child to eat vegetables is to involve him or her in the process of growing and cooking them. School gardens or cookery groups are a great way to get children more interested in food and to engage them in learning, team work, exercise and confidence building – and most kids love getting their hands dirty! Whether you’re thinking of starting a new project, or if you’re already involved, we can help.

Free support for all schools

  • regular networking events for school gardens, cookery groups and breakfast clubs
  • resources such as leaflets, activity ideas, recipe cards and more
  • advice on growing, cooking, nutrition, reducing food waste and composting
  • advice on funders for school food projects and help with applications

Apply for in-depth support

We run an application process once a year to allocate our other support for schools. This support includes small grants for growing or cooking, in-depth advice on growing, cooking or composting and workshops for teachers, parents or children (on cookery, growing or reducing food waste). School Food support applications are now closed. Please contact Helen for any enquiries.

Find out more and keep in touch

We send out regular email updates to projects about funding opportunities, networking events and courses and other offers of help. To sign-up or find out more about any of the support on offer, contact Helen Starr-Keddle, Development Officer on Helen@bhfood.org.uk, or call 01273 431718.

Other resources

There are lots of resources online for ideas and help with school food projects. We recommend the websites below as a starting point:

  • Garden Organic has some great resources on starting and planning a school garden, including how to link it to the curriculum (see Teaching Zone), as well downloadable activity sheets and games for the garden, including practical topics such as how to build a raised bed (see Activity sheets).
  • Fairtrade Foundation – Fairtrade Schools : find loads of resources for learning about Fairtrade and how to make your school a fairtrade school
  • Food a Fact of Life is a website full of information and free resources to help children ages 3-16 learn about cooking, healthy eating, food and farming.
  • Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture. The website contains loads of useful resources to help teach children about growing and cooking food, and the network is free to join.
  • Little Rotters website contains lots of handy teaching resources about composting in schools
  • RHS Campaign for School Gardening , a website full of practical resources to help you get gardening in your school.