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I started to run my first Edible School Playground in London over 4 years ago. I thought that growing food in a school would be the best use of the precious outdoor space and I set about starting my first totally edible school garden. I wanted to give the school a space where teachers could take their classes to teach outside for practical hands on learning, where children could experience harvesting and eating their own homegrown food and a space to link the school to its natural environment.

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I set up my gardens so that they function as outdoor classrooms, so that a class of children can come outside and feel safe and engaged within the garden. Once the gardens are built, (often calling on local corporate volunteers to help) I will have created a space that will inspire not just pupils but also the teachers, parents and the local community.

2 2We grow some unusual fruits and vegetables that inspire the pupils to get them excited and surprised about gardening. I run lessons across all curriculum subjects using the garden as a hands on teaching resource.

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I now run four edible playgrounds in East London at Chisenhale, John Scurr, Orchard and Southwold Primary schools where I run projects throughout the year to get the garden integrated into the curriculum for all year groups. I love my gardens and the reward of a child discovering the world of gardening and food is incredible.

Pasta-cover-imageEWorking with schools gardens led me to write my first gardening book- Grow Your Own Ingredients-Pasta Sauce. I have also written ‘Homegrown Tea- how to grow and blend your own homegrown teas and tisanes’ and ‘Grow Your Own Ingredients- Ice Cream’.  Please visit my website http://www.cassieliversidge.com or follow me on twitter and Facebook.

If your school is interested in starting an edible playground please contact me via my contacts page.

Happy Gardening!
Cassie

 

 

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