Addressing key global challenges such as poverty (SDG 1), inequality (SDG 10) and climate action (SDG 13), this programme is centred on growing food in school gardens to support the wellbeing, informed activism and democratic participation of young people across educational sectors. Four stages are envisaged:  

  1. Participants across sectors come together to discuss the social, cultural, economic and ecological dimensions of food as a global sustainability issue. Experiences of food growing in school gardens nationally and internationally will be presented, and participants will map their outcomes against the Scottish Government policies on Learning for Sustainability. This workshop sets the basis for the development of a community of practice ‘making links’ across sectors to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. 
  2. Practitioners and young people will take part in gardening and Community of Philosophical inquiry to explore the significance of growing one’s food.  Young people will create art pieces to reflect their ideas from the dialogues and highlight the links between food, sustainability and wellbeing. 
  3. Teachers, young people and parents will take part in the journey from soil to plate, using practical hands-on activities. Artworks from Stage 2 and 3 will be shared to prompt discussion on the implications of introducing food gardens for teaching, learning and assessment.  
  4. Final dissemination event involving participants from stages 1 -3.  

The goal of the programme is to co-produce an action plan for developing food education in school gardens as a core element of young people’s participation and activism in schools. 

Programme Team

Dr. Laura Colucci-Gray, University of Edinburgh

Dr. Claire Cassidy, University of Strathclyde

Prof. Donald Gray, University of Aberdeen

Dr. Laura Nisbet, City of Edinburgh Council

Dr. Stephen Day, University of West of Scotland

Kirsten Leask, Learning for Sustainability Scotland

Bob Donald, One Seed Forward

Dr. Sharon Hunter, University of Strathclyde

Dr. Kirsten Darling-McQistan, University of Aberdeen

Final Report


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