Growing young minds at Ryton Organic

By IH Wednesday 13 February 2013 Updated: 19/02 09:00

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EVERY schoolchild is set to have a chance to grow their own food with “horticulture” due to become part of the National Curriculum, following a campaign by Garden Organic.

Bosses at the Ryton charity are thrilled horticulture has been introduced as a key activity for design and technology in the draft version of the National Curriculum. The final version is due to be published in August and taught in schools from September 2014.

Myles Bremner, Chief Executive of Garden Organic, said: “We are absolutely delighted to see horticulture playing a key part in the design and technology curriculum.

“This will give pupils an opportunity to grow their own fruit and vegetables, which is a vital part of their wider food education and brings so many other benefits in terms of health, wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviours.”

Garden Organic – the UK’s leading organic growing charity - was chosen in 2011 to lead the government-backed Food Growing in Schools Taskforce involving 25 key organisations.

The taskforce published a report last March which for the first time provided evidence of the benefits of giving children a chance to grow their own food.

The report offered showed how food growing in schools could help pupils to achieve, build life and employment skills, and improve their health and wellbeing.

Mr Bremner added: “While it is wonderful to see that the importance of food growing in schools finally being recognised, more work still needs to be done in Key Stage 4 and beyond to ensure that young people are being encouraged to see horticulture as a viable career.”

Garden Organic has been actively supporting schools to grow their own food since it launched its Garden Organic for Schools project in 2000.

And the charity has been working as part of the successful Food for Life Partnership since 2007 to help more than 4,400 schools to get growing. The partnership brings together the Soil Association, Garden Organic, Focus on Food and the Health Education Trust to transform food culture in schools and communities across England.

Visit www.gardenorganic.org.uk/schools to find out more about Garden Organic’s work with schools.

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