An exciting new campaign aims to get tens of thousands of school children across the UK growing their own organic vegetables in 2016.
The campaign – #SchoolVegPledge – will see Cornwall-based organic food business Rocket Gardens sow, grow and deliver Instant School Veg Gardens to a minimum of 125,000 school children at 500 schools in the UK.
Each Instant Veg Garden comes in a box bursting with seasonal organic baby vegetable plants ready to pop straight in the ground or pots and containers, suitable for every school whether based in an inner city or in more rural areas.
To accomplish its goal, Rocket Gardens has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £50,000 and get 500 schools growing veg this year. For every £100 raised on its crowdfunding platform, Rocket Gardens will send one school a Spring garden followed later on by an Autumn garden, so pupils can enjoy growing their own food all year round. Each garden box also includes lots of support for teachers, including comprehensive growing guides, lesson plans, recipe ideas and top tips.
Mike Kitchen, founder of Rocket Gardens, says: “I love seeing the pleasure my four children get from growing and harvesting fresh vegetables, and I passionately believe it’s vital to teach all children how to grow their own food. They are excited to eat healthy food when they’ve grown it themselves and also learn that vegetables don’t need to be covered with pesticides or wrapped in masses of packaging. It’s also brilliant to see children learning there is more to veg than just peas and carrots, as our veg gardens offer an exciting array of flavours some children may never have experienced before, such as beetroot and pak choi.”
Pledge Your Support and Receive Rocket Garden Rewards
You can pledge as little as £5 to help support the #SchoolVegPledge; Rocket Gardens is offering some lovely rewards to anyone who pledges £30 or more.
- Pledge £30 and you’ll receive your very own Mini Veg Garden packed full of tasty treats including summer salads.
- Pledge £100 to get your hands on a Gourmet Veg Garden and an Instant School Veg Garden for a school of your choice.
- Pledge £500 and you’ll be the proud owner of the Ultimate Rocket Garden, an Instant School Veg Garden for a school of your choice plus an invitation for you and five guests to enjoy a free camping holiday on Rocket Farm in Cornwall!
#SchoolVegPledge – How to Pledge
Go to the #SchoolVegPledge page on Crowdfunder – where you can read all about #SchoolVegPledge, see which schools have signed up so far and read what’s in each Instant Veg Box.
At the time of publishing, #SchoolVegPledge has raised £6,750. There are still 24 days left to pledge your support (the campaign closes at 2:32pm on 23rd May) – but the project can only go ahead if Rocket Gardens raises the entire sum. So go ahead and make your pledge!