The findings of the Food Growing in Schools Taskforce confirm that: 

“food growing schools can lead to children eating more fruit and vegetables, and having a better recognition of taste and type. Food growing can increase children’s scientific knowledge, and their environmental awareness. It also teaches them practical skills that will be useful throughout their lives.

The report also shows that food growing helps children’s attainment in core curriculum subjects, particularly science. It demonstrates that food growing in schools can forge strong links with communities.”

Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State, DEFRA

Curriculum guides supplied by Trees for Cities provide detailed aid for teachers whose pupils are in Years 1 to 6.

Food4families can help you make the most of your edible outdoor classroom – from design through to making the links with all areas of the curriculum.


We have been designing and building sustainable food growing gardens for schools since 2006. We can involve pupils in the design process and often use volunteers from local businesses to help with construction.


We run INSET and other training sessions for teachers. Would you like to know how to use sunflowers to explain the Fibonacci sequence (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13…) or investigate the nutritional value of the seeds?

Our gardens not only develop food growing skills but can also be used to enrich children’s understanding of everyday life in Ancient Egypt or Rome (by growing wheat) or practical ways of adapting to climate change.  

If you would like to develop your outdoor classroom to its full potential as a learning resource, contact

Dave Richards t: 0118 958 6692 e: