Are there any schools that grow all of their own food?



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    Though I haven’t found any schools that can boast that all their food is grown on school grounds, there are many for which at least some of their lunches come from gardens tha the students and teachers tend to themselves. In the US, UK and Australia, scattered individual schools are starting cirriculums on gardens and plants, and as part of this the children grow, harvest and prepare all their own food. These lessons can take up most of the school day, so they aren’t done year-round, but they are used to teach a variety of subjects including biology, ecology, environmental management, organization and management of a project, and cooking (which involves a lot of math and chemistry).

    There are some limits to this, of course: they probably aren’t going to get permission from parents anytime soon to let kids grow and slaughter animals, so the meat still comes from an outside source. And if the gardens fail, they can’t let the children go without lunch, so I imagine there’s a back-up plan. But this is definitely an innovative and effective way of teaching children a range of subjects, and every school reports that the children remember and enjoy this more than any other part of their day.

    In London, the Mayor challenged elementary schools to a competition for best garden. This project has a similar effect. They are competing in three categories: most biodiverse, most reuising and recycling, and most adaptive to a changing climate!

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    Yes.  A few schools have started to grow their own food for school lunches.  Martin Luther King Junior Middle School in Berkeley, California and Nay Ah Shing Schools on the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe reservation have started programs to grow and make food for their students.  See below for more information on both.

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