Growing your own food is so crucial

Portsmouth & Southsea railway station by Andy Cooper

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WE feel it’s important to educate the girls about growing your own food, writes assistant headteacher Nikki Owen.

So about a year ago we created a secret garden – a vegetable growing plot within the school grounds.

We have started a Grow To Eat Well club in schools for pupils, families, staff and the local community.

We had a small number of experts that came in and advised us right from the start.

What we wanted to do is to teach kids about growing their own food and encouraging them to grow it and eat it.

They have been sharing gardening skills with others and learning about growing and sustainability.

It’s also a chance to get to know the neighbours and the community.

We have teachers, pupils, parents and people from the local community who have their own allotments getting involved with our secret garden.

It’s grown a massive amount since the beginning.

We have seasonal celebrations of vegetables, herbs and plants grown in school and show off our work at public information stalls.

We have now got a number of raised flowerbeds.

It’s a walled garden. It’s a lovely little space.

It’s important that kids have an idea of where their food comes from.

I don’t think that you need to live in a rural community to be able to grow your own food. You can have little windowsill gardens.

It’s important that they learn these new skills. They really love it.

It fits nicely into the curriculum too with food technology and with science.

They have been learning more about intensive farming as well.