GIY has a track record in developing and delivering awareness and engagement campaigns and programmes to help people grow some of their own food at home, at school, at work and in the community. We had anecodatal evidence to support the benefits of food growing in these settings but wanted to measure the impact more formally. With funding from The Community Foundation and in partnership with DCU, GIY worked with a PhD student to measure the impact food growing in school has on children’s knowledge, appreciation and broader understanding of food and food growing. The project measures the importance of providing teachers with the knowledge and resources needed to create and use a school garden as a valuable teaching tool. GROW At School also researches the link between food literacy and health behavioural change among the school community. The research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to collect data which will be used to inform national policy on food literacy in primary schools.
What you can do
You can find out what's involved in starting a Grow at School in your local community by reading our 5 step guide below. Once you're ready to go [fill in this short form] (http://www.changex.org/grow-at-school/start) and we'll make sure you have everything you need to get started.
How to get involved
You will need approximately 3 hours a week to look after and maintain the School garden