The Edible School Garden project for was founded in November 2012 by Gia de Picciotto based on the Berkeley, California project which serves state funded schools.

The first Edible School Garden in a School in London was developed at Southbank International School in Kensington.

Staff and students at Southbank Kensington have been instrumental in the planning process.

The Edible School Garden was created with a program of consultation & workshops aimed to engage the whole school.
These include:
• Tastings
• Earth Day Conference
• Designing the garden
• and planting.
Students have raised awareness about healthy eating and cooking through the sale organic fruit and vegetables as well as other healthy snacks.

The funds they have raised were used to purchase fruit trees at St Paul’s Primary School in Tower Hamlets, London.

Healthy eating is a right, not a privilege.

Food Education is back on the National curriculum in England for September 2014.

 

London’s Schools have an opportunity to be at the forefront of a national movement which aims to have all children “understand food and nutrition and, where possible, have opportunities to learn to cook”.

It states that pupils in Key Stages 1 to 3 should be taught practical knowledge, skills and crafts working in fields such as

 

“horticulture: to cultivate plants for practical purposes, such as for food or for decorative displays”.

A study following Jamie Oliver’s campaign in 2009 showed that healthy school meals significantly improved educational outcomes, in particular in English and Science, and led to a 15% reduction in absenteeism due to sickness. A Children’s Food Trust study has shown that children in primary schools are 3 times more likely to concentrate in the classroom following improvements to the food and dining room.

As we strive for the highest academic standards, we cannot miss out.