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The Food for Life Partnership

The Food for Life Partnership


What is the Food for Life Partnership?
The Food for Life Partnership is a group of charities who have come together to try and improve the skills, knowledge and culture of food in schools and their communities.

Any school can enrol on the Food for Life programme by visiting the website Once enrolled the school can follow a programme to help them make good, sustainable food central to the school’s way of doing things. Schools can apply for Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

Growing food as a familySchool children will be involved in learning how to grow food, how to cook it and will visit local farms to learn about food production.

The caterer’s involvement is key to the Food for Life programme and schools are encouraged to source local, seasonal and organic food and to ensure that eggs and meat are produced in conditions of good animal welfare.

The schools will try to involve parents and other members of the community in their food education and food events as much as possible.

What’s happening in Essex?
In Essex there has been a great response to the Food for Life Partnership with nearly 40 schools already enrolled.

The Cooking BusFood for Life Partnership is now looking for about six of these Essex schools to be Flagship schools. These are schools which will receive extra support to help them achieve the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards more quickly than would be usual. The Flagship schools will be helped by the Health Education Trust to set up SNAGs (school nutrition action groups); they will get help from Garden Organic to improve their growing facilities; they will be visited by the Cooking Bus, a large mobile training kitchen, and given cooking training by Focus on Food staff; they will be helped to run education workshops, set up farm links, and source local and organic food by the Soil Association.

In return the Flagship schools agree to support and help other schools in their area.

The six Essex flagship schools will be selected by November and will start on their special programme in January 2009.

All the Food for Life Partnership schools in Essex are invited to a free workshop showing them how to set up educational links with a local farm (and any schools with an interest in establishing links with local farms). This workshop is being held at The Apricot Centre near Manningtree.

FARM LINKS WORKSHOPS - click here for details

The Food for Life Partnership and Farming and Countryside Education are offering a free farm links workshop to all Food for Life Partnership schools in the East of England.

The workshop will allow participants to take part in a number of practical, interactive farm visit activities, learn about the practicalities of setting up a farm links programme and discuss the Food for Life farm links model and how it might be best implemented in individual schools. Advice will be given on how to find a suitable farm in your area, funding possibilities, risk assessment and farm requirements.

Please note that the workshop is open to anyone connected to a Food for Life Partnership school. (and any schools with an interest in establishing links with local farms). We like schools to encourage parents, grandparents, teaching assistants, governors and support staff to be involved with the Food for Life programme and take responsibility for a particular area of the programme if they are willing and enthusiastic.

A copy of our guide to Setting up a Farm Links Programme is attached and more details will be sent to attendees nearer to the workshop.

Date: Thursday, 13th November 2008
Time: 10am – 2.30pm with an organic lunch included
Where: The Apricot Centre, 83 Hungerdown Lane, Lawford, Nr Manningtree,
Essex CO11 2LY
For more information or to book your place, please contact Karen Brenchley,
East of England regional co-ordinator for the Food for Life Partnership.
Tel: 07917 671 416

Garden Organic is also offering a free “Growing Skills” workshop to Food for Life Partnership schools. This is being held at another East of England Flagship school, Sacred Heart RC Primary in Peterborough.

Details of both workshops will be sent to all Food for Life schools.

For more information contact:
Karen Brenchley
East of England Regional Co-ordinator
Telephone: 07917 671 416
or visit:


Supported by the National Lottery, the Soil Association, the focus on food campaign, the Health Education Trust, and Garden Organic

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