Jamie Oliver launched his Kitchen Garden Project several years ago to meet the needs of the new compulsory food education curriculum. David Coton finds out how schools can get involved and the campaign's tie-up with the Soil Association.
Following the introduction of practical cookery as a compulsory part of the National Curriculum., Jamie Oliver's Kitchen Garden Project gave schools access to hundreds of recipes, lessons, gardening topics, nutrition advice and much more.
School membership included:
- 200 Jamie Oliver recipes tailored to children
- Lesson plans, teaching tips, downloadable posters, fact sheets, plus lots more (all meet the requirements of the new compulsory cooking curriculum)
- Gardening resources to help integrate the school garden and wider learning objectives
- Unique online profile and community membership
Such an admirable cause deserved our support and and we sent a message of support which elicited this appreciative response:
"...thank you for your support of the Kitchen Garden Project-we very much appreciate it! With many thanks, Jamie Oliver's Kitchen Garden Project Team x"
The Soil Association, well known for its work concerning healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use, later became involved and this partnership means that the project's digital resources are available to all nurseries, children's centres and childminders who have Food For Life Memberships or Awards packages.
They have worked to streamline the resources, improving their structure and accessibility, and at the beginning of each school year, brand new resources will be introduced.
These developments will allow even more school children to have access to excellent quality food education and support.