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Using Gardening to Address Social Isolation

Started by Growing Support May 3. 0 Replies

How You Can Help Tackle Social Isolation in Your CommunityRecent research shows up to 50% of older people living in care never go outside and they are twice as likely to experience severe loneliness…Continue

Mini community garden in Watchet

Started by charles birch. Last reply by Mrs Susan Calvo Oct 12, 2016. 1 Reply

On the 14th. of march we set up a very small veg. bed. see U tube" admirals corner incredidible edible"on the17th. of June we harvested the potatoes. they were first 'Earlies' and made just over 21…Continue

job opportuntiy

Started by Alison Hayward. Last reply by Alison Hayward May 30, 2015. 1 Reply

South somerset Mind (Yeovil) is looking for a horticultural therapist for the Vanessa project.The role is paid for 6 hours a week at £10 per hour.  Please phone Gill on 01935 474875 for further…Continue

Tags: therapy, horticultural, work, job

Surplus Produce

Started by David Croxton. Last reply by Caroline Lewis Sep 25, 2014. 10 Replies

As part of our InQEDible Edible Project, and as a member of the Incredible Edible Network, we are not only looking to grow crops on spare land in our local communities, but also to persuade our local…Continue

Tags: gardens, fruit, community, Quantocks, poverty

Projects in Schools

Why work with schools and young people?

http://www.easier.com/uploads/cache/thumbs/0/7/3/782/400x400/42553/wincanton-school-garden.jpgPat Thomas, author of Stuffed, writes why we need to work with children and young people, "For most of us, the quest to create a sustainable future is linked to a desire to make the world a better place for our children. It makes sense, then, to look at sustainability in terms of longevity. This is where schools come in. Only by engaging the next generation in the issues we face and the solutions to them we create a future that is truly sustainable".

Different local food projects with schools & young people

There is a huge range of creative work that can be undertaken with schools and young people, in and out of formal education. Below are a few options with links to resources to get any of these ideas off the ground in Somerset.

  • Practical education initiatives, such as cooking & growing clubs.
  • Schools can participate in the Food for Life partnership, an awards scheme that provides a framework and guidance for schools on how to link school meals with growing, cooking, farm visits and community engagement. Dedicated teams also offer hands on support to school staff who are creating school gardens, caterers working to improve school meals, and farmers who want to host educational visits. For more information visit: www.foodforlife.org.uk
  • Starting a school garden is a great way to get young people engaged, dirt under the fingernails is definitely the best way to connect with food.

Further information & resources

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