Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a Learn and Grow space?
A Learn and Grow space is an outdoor classroom designed and manufactured by pupils, staff and our community. Initial grow space content is typically built over 2 weeks. They are uniquely designed to fit the look, feel, and style of each school or nursery grounds. Learn and Grow spaces are built to last and can go on any ground-surfacing. The built environment includes raised beds, soft fruit forest, fruit trees, soil, garden tools, knowledge and commitment.

2. How much does a Learn and Grow space cost for my school?
Learn and Grow strives to privately fundraise in support of the Learn and Grow project. We also look to recycle, upcycle materials to support the use of the grow space. In order to support our efforts and ensure that we have the full support of the of the school, we ask that each school offer a small financial commitment. Following installation of the Learn and Grow space, an array of activities and resources are available to the school.

3. How do I use a Learn and Grow space?
Learn and Grow spaces are exciting and varied outdoor spaces where teachers can teach and get inspired and students can engage in creative learning. In addition to teaching and growing food in the garden, teachers are invited to explore unique and creative teaching opportunities in the in the Grow space. We provide schools with ongoing support to ensure that the school community can fully benefit from the Learn and Grow space. We are committed to providing teachers and families with training so that they feel confident and effective at using the space as an outdoor source of learning and inspiration.

4. Does Learn and Grow provide curriculum?
Learn and Grow works with national and local authority partners to design content for curriculum inspired activities in our community’s natural resources. Our Lesson plans serves as resources for teachers and families to utilize in their classroom and community.

5. If Learn and Grow is not in my town or school, can I buy Learning Garden beds for my school?
Our Learn and Grow Initiative provides schools with ongoing level of support. The support starts with the built environment and development of growing skills. We do offer raised beds as a stand-alone product. If your school is in a community we are not in yet, please feel free to use our resources.

6. What is the time commitment to have a Learn and Grow space?
A Learning Garden is a living laboratory and requires a modest time commitment for maintenance and care. Learn and Grow will work with each school’s Learn and Grow Team to design a watering, maintenance, and harvesting plan that best suites the school’s needs and availability.

7. What happens to the Learn and Grow space in the summer?
We work with schools and communities to create a plan for the use and upkeep of the Learn and Grow space during the summer months. Possible ideas include parent volunteers who are willing to tend to and harvest the summer vegetables. Organizing a volunteer harvest day as a back-to-school event is a great way to get the school together for a fun and health-focused celebration.

9. Can I apply for a Learn and Grow space if I am not a school?