Ready, set, grow!

19 October 2015

Written by: Jane Baker

Arts, culture and events - Children and young people - Health and Wellbeing

Growathon is a new initiative launched by the Food Growing Schools: London partnership.

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Ready, set, grow!

Growathon wants to encourage 10,000 London students to get involved in food growing by the summer of 2016. Students from every London borough are being set the challenge to grow one thing, feed their city, and tell a friend today.

The new Growathon website enables schools, students and growing organisations to share their food growing activities on the Growathon Carrot Totaliser and watch as the numbers increase.

From classroom windowsills to urban school farms, and schools wishing to try growing food for the first time, every school in London is welcome to get involved. Activities such as workshops, lessons, assemblies, events, class projects and school farm visits will all be included. Schools will also be able to advertise public growing events on the Growathon website to invite other young people to come along.

Grassroots growing, educational and environmental organisations are also encouraged to support schools to meet the challenge – proving that together there is a real hunger for healthy, local food in our communities, starting with young people.