Food Discovery is about enabling children to understand and explore where their food comes from and provides opportunities for them to succeed. All Food Discovery projects have farm visits at their heart and children also have the chance to grow food in the school grounds or at a local allotment, as well as learn to cook some meals with the sorts of ingredients they are learning to grow.
Seeing crops grow in fields and comparing what the farmer does on the farm with what they are doing in school gives children a real understanding of the value of the countryside. It also helps them appreciate that the countryside is useful as well as a fun and relaxing place to be.
We work with schools to create a model of Food Discovery which suits them and we are always happy to include training staff as part of our delivery so that the programme is sustainable. One of our Manchester schools is working really hard to embed Food Discovery across the curriculum, and you can watch a video about this here.
We are also happy to work with parents, especially where schools are already working with parent groups. You can watch more about our work with parents here.
You can watch a short film about the benefits of Food Discovery to pupils here.