The Programme

How?

Grow Cook Enjoy offers two packages, each of which provides all of the resources needed to grow, cook and enjoy food in your educational setting.

Don't think you have the room or resources to grow a crop? Think again. No garden? No problem! Read more here.

As no two schools are the same, our two main packages reflect different levels of involvement in your Grow Cook Enjoy programme. Either way, we start with the Consultation Stage.

Consultation Stage

A meeting where we agree upon the crop/s and recipe/s, and the growing site.

Sometimes this is just one crop, sometimes it's more, and it can consist of vegetables, fruit and/or herbs. Comprehensive help and advice is given during the consultation in order to help you make the decision.

We are happy to work with one teacher or several teachers to design a program which suits you best.

A consultation with the school's teacher/s, aims to incorporate the Grow Cook Enjoy programme into curriculum linked learning that the children might be working on, to promote designing, making, and evaluating their project.

It is during this Consultation Stage that a decision is made as to which package is best: Essential or Premium. The difference being the level of involvement given by the school.

In your consultation we will explain the concept of a 'Grow Sponsor’, who will be responsible for the crop and put in place means of communication - tweet/text/email - to support the sponsor throughout the programme.

Programme Outline

At an agreed start date our Gardener attends school with all the equipment you require to plant the chosen vegetable/fruit/herb. Seed compost and seeds, seedtrays, propagator and watering cans are all provided.

Group size is a maximum of 16 children. This typically means that our Gardener will take half an average primary school class at a time to plant up and then swap to carry out the same exercise with the second half of the class.

For your information a planting lesson averages 20 minutes per group.

If it's been decided during the Consultation Stage that your school has opted for the Essential programme, your school's Growing Sponsor (an enthusiastic teacher or TA) will then continue to feed & monitor the crop, and at an appropriate time will transplant the crop with their class into larger pots supplied by Grow Cook Enjoy. With help from your enthusiastic teachers, children will enjoy nurturing and watching their seeds grow.

If it's been decided during the Consultation Stage that your school has opted for the Premium programme, your school's Growing Sponsor (an enthusiastic teacher or TA) will feed & monitor the crop, then, liaising with Grow Cook Enjoy, will arrange an appropriate time for our Gardener to return to school to help the children transplant the crop into larger pots supplied by Grow Cook Enjoy or into the prepared growing area.

Following on from that, we keep in close contact with your school's Growing Sponsor and together we book the appropriate day for our Chef to attend school to hold the harvesting & cooking lesson.

Our Chef harvests the ingredients with the children and runs a cookery lesson. Once again this session includes all necessary equipment, additional ingredients and packaging for the children to proudly take home their food or enjoy in a feast at school.

For the cooking lesson in the Essential Programme group size is up to 16 children with 1 additional adult supplied by the school depending on the needs of the class. Typically, this means that our Chef will take half an average primary school class at a time to cook and then swap to carry out the same exercise with the second half of the class.

For the cooking lesson in the Premium Programme group size is once again up to 16 children, but with 1 additional adult supplied by Grow Cook Enjoy. Typically, this means that our Chef and Chef's Assistant will take half an average primary school class at a time to cook and then swap to carry out the same exercise with the second half of the class.

For your information the harvesting & cooking lesson averages 1 hour per group.

Grow Cook Enjoy are available for help and advice with your project throughout the life cycle of the programme.

For a guideline we tend to operate at £6.50 per child for the Essential programme and £8.00 for the Premium programme. However, please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss the options. We are very happy to fit our program to the individual needs of your school.

Notes

In order for every child in the class to experience growing something for themselves, we sometimes find we have an excess of successfully grown produce. To further enhance their learning we suggest schools use the produce in one of several ways:

a) Book a second cooking lesson with Grow Cook Enjoy & find out what other tasty dishes can be made from your crop!

b) Send the children home with their extra produce to extend their learning at home.

c) Hold a plant/produce sale at school to raise money for their next term's Grow Cook Enjoy programme!