March – September 2022
School children will become citizen scientists in the largest community-led growing experiment ever undertaken in Scotland, comparing future farming techniques with traditional growing. Over 100 cubes will be distributed to schools to test whether different LED lights can help or hinder growth, or if jazz is better for sprouting seeds than hip hop.
They’ll also be part of the Big Tattie Experiment, with 200 tonnes of specially made growing medium taken home to grow potatoes in anything from wheelbarrows to wellies. Data will be shared on the Dandelion digital platform, so you can find out everything from what helped to grow the biggest beetroot, to exactly how good it all tasted. Children will then be invited to share what they grow at hundreds of playground harvest festivals happening at each school on 9th September 2022, alongside art, live music, and stories.
The Schools Growing Initiative is delivered in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, a charity providing education initiatives for children, young people and educators which focus on environmental issues.