Project information

Growing with Schools

To promote healthy eating and an appreciation of agriculture/farming within local schools by setting up their own "School Farms". Expertise and advice will be offered along with the building of Raised Beds and the provision of egg incubators.

It is intended to be self-sustaining after three years.

Charity information: Stonebridge City Farm

Stonebridge City Farm
  • Need


    Young people from this economically and socially disadvantaged area rarely, if ever, experience the rural environment. They have little understanding of the benefits of healthy eating through the production of pesticide free, natural products. They also often have little understanding of the significance of certain types of food for specific ethnic/cultural groups within this multicultural area which has threatened many aspects of Community Cohesion.


    By offerring the opportunity to youngsters from this area to learn the methods by which natural, pesticide-free products are made and then to practice them for themselves. The aim is also to enable them to share their learning with other youngsters in order to promote Community Cohesion. This will not only impact on the youngsters but also upon members of their familly and their wider communities within the area. Teachers will learn skills enabling the projects to be become self-sustaining.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To establish a series of "School Farms" in the area.


    » Meet with teachers to agree a plan to establish a suitable growing area.

    Success will be...children building and showing a real commitment to maintaining and cultivating their own raised beds.

    Aim 2

    To provide advice and expertise to Teachers and youngsters through timetabled learning sessions.


    » Agree a timetable of teaching sessions using the farm's staff. Teaching sessions will be run both at Stonebridge and on-site at the schools concerned.

    Success will be...groups of children successfully cultivating their own chosen crops and sharing their learning with others under the direction of their teachers.

    Aim 3

    To provide materials and equipment in order to grow pesticide free, healthy produce.


    » Assist and supervise the building of raised beds, composting, sowing and cultivation of seeds and plants followed by harvesting and cooking.

    Success will be...observing children practising new skills in order to produce healthy food and then to introduce it into their own diets and those of their famillies.

  • Impact


    Increased awareness of rural issues and the value of the farming community to those within the inner-cities. New skills will be learned that will be applicable in a life-long sense as the children become independent adults. This will impact on their own families and those from their wider communities. Community Cohesion will be promoted through understanding and sharing: local social tensions will be reduced, wider employment opportunities created, anti-social behaviour will be reduced.


    Reductions in teacher involvement or movement could threaten continuity. A committment from Head-Teachers has been sought and received before initial meetings called. Helpful advice and guidance has been obtained from a similar project already established in the Coventry area and we are able to benefit from their experiences and expertise.


    Half-termly bulletins will be posted on our web-site printed versions will be made available to those who request them.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,350

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      Amount Heading Description
      £950 Workshops 36 workshops, (children), 2 for teachers.
      £900 Visits 72 half-termly advisory visits
      £1,200 Raised Beds 12 beds - 1 per school
      £300 Incubators 3 @ 99.95 each for loan on rota basis
  • Background


    Stonebridge City Farm is located in the St. Ann's district which is an inner-city area of the city of Nottingham. It borders onto Sneinton: both of these are economically and socially disadvantaged areas and are in the bottom third of the Government's Index of Deprivation.


    Approximately 360 primary school children in the first year, growing to 1080 by the third year. This figure will expand to include family members, with a potential to exceed around 4,500 in total.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As a city farm, keeping a range of farm animals and poultry as well as maintaining widespread gardens growing pesticide-free fruit, vegetables, honey and jams, we are a unique organisation established within the city for 32 years. Our staff are experienced professionals, including 4 qualified teachers. Our educational and work experience programmes for disadvantaged children and adults are well established and demonstrably successful.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Stephen Gee

    Education Officer and Project Co=ordinator. Link member of staff with Coventry project.

    Audrey Leach

    Garden supervisor and outreach worker.

    Keith Cosgrove

    Garden Supervisor, educationalist and expert bee-keeper.

    Marie Wood

    Weekday Barn Supervisor: Animal Care course leader/poultry expert.