Help us deliver 1000 gardening sessions in schools

by School Food Matters in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Total raised £20,109

 
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To deliver 1,000 gardening sessions in schools, as part of our mission for every child to learn about food and enjoy the natural world.

by School Food Matters in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

 New stretch target


At School Food Matters, we will never let go of our ambition to deliver 1,000 school gardening sessions. We’re ambitious but also realistic, so how about we start with 100? That way, we can reach our new target in time for autumn planting and all you lovely supporters will be able to celebrate with us a little sooner 😀.

We want every child in every school to learn about food and enjoy the natural world. And visitors to our garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show agreed, making the School Food Matters Garden the People’s Choice 2023!

Heartened by the public response to our Chelsea garden, and the joy of seeing it relocated to Alec Reed Academy in London and The Beacon Primary in Liverpool, we’re now eager to translate this incredible support into outdoor learning opportunities for more children.

Please help us achieve our goal of delivering 100 gardening sessions in schools across the country by donating to our Crowdfunder and sharing it with family, friends and neighbours.

We want children to know that food starts in the soil, not in the supermarket. That’s why we want to help more schools to establish gardens, grow their own veg and plant forage for pollinators, connecting children to the natural world.


How children benefit from our gardening sessions

  • Spending time in nature helps children feel calm and less stressed
  • They learn that food comes from the soil, not the supermarket
  • Children who grow their own fruit and veg are more likely to eat them
  • Gardening improves children’s dexterity, practical and cognitive skills
  • Children develop into custodians of our precious planet


Don’t just take our word for it

This is what children have learned during our gardening sessions:

  • “I didn’t know you could eat leaves”
  • “I thought tomatoes grew underground…They don’t”
  • “Plants make me feel calm and more like myself”
  • “I like that bugs can do many things for the world”
  • “If we look after all insects and bees, we can help climate change”             
  • “It was fun tasting the vegetables. I tried new stuff because we grew it ourselves”
  • “I enjoy going out to the garden as it is somewhere I feel happy and safe”


Stories from our school gardeners

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£20 or more

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SFM tea towel

Our eye-catching natural cotton tea towel features a colourful range of fruit and veg hand-drawn by schoolchildren who enjoy our fabulous food education programmes.

£25 or more

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SFM apron

Our chef’s apron dons the lovely SFM logo.

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SFM tote bag

Our stylish cotton canvas SFM tote bag features a colourful range of fruit and veg hand-drawn by schoolchildren who enjoy our fabulous food education programmes.

£100 or more

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Bundle: SFM tote bag, tea towel and apron

Our tote bag and tea towel both feature a colourful range of fruit and veg hand-drawn by schoolchildren who enjoy our fabulous food education programmes. Our chef’s apron dons the lovely SFM logo.

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