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Growing to love…

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Growing to love…

We want kids to love vegetables. One of the best ways to develop that love is through growing your own. Veg Power has worked closely with our partners to develop a creative and engaging way for children to grow to love…vegetables.

Why growing?

Research shows that growing vegetables is constructive for many reasons and that children are more likely to try the food they have helped to grow. In addition, encouraging engagement and bonding with the vegetable creates agency and a pathway to consumption. Learning all about how we grow food is not just good for children in terms of encouraging healthy eating, it’s important to develop their understanding of the food chain, climate, sustainability and our environment. Children learn by getting stuck in and getting their hands dirty! So, involving them in a growing project is ideal for their development. We believe it is essential that all programmes end with a child trying a vegetable.

Find out more below.

Growing to Love….tomatoes 2023

In 2022 we piloted our first tomato growing project across 38 schools in Edinburgh, reaching 5,000 children, with help from our partners Edinburgh Community Food. In 2023 we rolled out our new Growing to Love…Tomatoes programme to 145 schools in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with 11,000 children taking part and growing their own tomatoes from seed to fruit.

Each child received their very own growing kits, including propagators, tomato seeds, compost, organic plant feed and plant labels. Along with wall charts and sticker packs to help them on their growing adventure.

Children planted their seeds in school in April and took them home at the end of term to continue growing their plants on windowsills over the summer holidays. The kids enjoyed eating their ripe and juicy tomato harvests in September.

We also provided a 24 page teachers guide and designed a brand new website with plenty of additional content, resources, lesson plans, activities and downloads. 

2024 will be bigger and better, with some famous faces and much loved characters helping the kids along their growing journey. If you would like to find out more or pre-register your interest for next year using our partner platform, please use the link below

Our Partners