About Grow To Eat Well
HOW WE STARTED
Our exciting 3-year project started in January 2010 when we received a £1/4 million grant from the Big Lottery Local Food Project, and matched funding from our other supporters. In February we prepared allotment plots at our two Beacon Schools, Paulsgrove Primary and Charter Academy, and 3 project staff began work in March/April 2010.
WHY WE STARTED
We think that all children should develop an awareness of how food grows, why it is important to buy locally grown food whenever possible and have a go at growing their own. Using compost made from school food waste also shows how recycling happens in nature and reduces waste.
WHAT WE AIM TO DO
- Create a vegetable growing plot on suitable ground within school sites
- Provide expert guidance and practical help to grow food successfully
- Start Grow To Eat Well clubs in schools for pupils, families, staff and the local community (see volunteer page for how to get involved).
- Provide and demonstrate in-vessel composting facilities for schools' food waste
- Develop a model of good practice for school vegetable gardens
- Include up to 30 Portsmouth schools in the project over 3 years
- Ensure the GTEW clubs are self-sustaining so they continue once the initial project period is over
- Organise seasonal celebrations of vegetables, herbs and plants grown in school
- Show off our work at public information stalls