|Little Growers is extremely pleased to announce we are working with six new schools across the UK in the summer term. We have decided to set up a new round of schools whilst awaiting full funding for our next round of 120 schools later on in the year. The schools will be provided with the Little Growers set up including a ploytunnel, AutoPot irrigation systems, Unwins Little Growers seeds and much more. In order for the schools to be as successful as possible Little Growers is partnering with three different organisations:
Eastfeast is a team of professional gardeners, artists and teachers that help schools deliver more effective learning based on working a school allotment through the seasons, culminating in a community feast. They work with students and teachers to develop the outdoor classroom, cultivating shared learning about the world in which we live, through food and art. We are extremely excited at Little Growers to be working with the Eastfeast team, who we met at the annual Growing Schools Conference earlier in the year. We hope that this initial Eastfeast and Little Growers partnership trialed in one school can be expanded into several schools when we receive the next round of funding. To learn more about Eastfeast’s work please click here.
Open Futures is a skills and enquiry-based curriculum development programme, linking learning and life. It was developed to help children discover and develop practical skills, personal interests and values, which will contribute to their education and help to enhance their adult lives. The Open Futures curriculum focuses on four areas: growit, cookit, filmit and askit. The Little Growers project will be integrated within all four areas with its rots within the growit aspect for the school but with connections to all four areas. Little Growers plans to work with four Open Futures schools to begin with, two within the South of England and two in the North of England. To find out more information of the Open Futures programme please click here.
3Gs Development Trust Wales
The Development Trust is made up of representatives of local Tenants and Residents boards, individual members of the community along with professionals. The 3G’s Development Trust is a community regeneration organisation that serves Gurnos, Galon Uchaf and Penydarren in Merthyr Tydfil. The 3G’s is a community owned and community led organization set up so that community members can have a voice in their community. We are extremely keen to work alongside the 3Gs Development Trust due to its long-term experience and the strong relationships it has built within its community, with previous projects including Film, cooking and Health projects. Little Growers is setting up one school within the area for this term, with hopes to expand across the community when we receive funding. To find out more about the Trusts work please click here