On 13th October 2016, Sustainable Merton's Michelle (Healthy Communities Project Coordinator) attended a celebration of Food Growing Schools: London – an ambitious Lottery funded project, supported by the GLA, which aims to get every London school growing their own food.
Garden Organic as the lead organisation is working together with partners Capital Growth, the Soil Association’s Food For Life project, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), School Food Matters and Trees for Cities.
The event celebrated the achievements of the project and the transformational effects of food growing, heard first hand from teachers and pupils that have been involved.
Six schools who took part in the project brought some of their school produce to sell in the schools Marketplace, run in partnership with Capital Growth. Pupils showcased their growing efforts, selling their school-grown produce and products such as jams and juices at reasonable prices!
The event took place at London’s Living Room and was opened by Joanne McCartney AM, Deputy Mayor of London, and was followed by inspirational presentations from Chris Collins (Broadcaster and Head of Horticulture at Garden Organic) (pictured below), James Campbell (CEO Garden Organic), Professor Judy Orme MFPH (MSc Health Promotion), and Mat Jones MPhil, BA, PG Cert (University of West England).
The talks were followed by a very colourful and tasty lunch, and an opportunity to network.