468 schools, 114 Grow Cubes, tonnes of tatties – welcome to the biggest growing experiment Scotland’s ever seen.
APRIL – SEPTEMBER 2022
Schoolchildren across Scotland are taking part in a huge nationwide experiment into how traditional growing methods compare with 21st-century techniques to shape the food production of the future.
We’re gifting more than 100 Dandelion Growing Cubes to schools across Scotland. Each of these small see-through boxes is a miniature indoor farm, equipped with growfelt, seeds and LEDs. And we’re inviting pupils to take control of their Cubes – varying the light, moisture, humidity and nutrients to see what makes their plants grow.
Schoolchildren are also in charge of this summer’s Big Tattie Experiment, our countrywide spud-growing spectacular.
We’ll be posting updates on our site so you can see what’s growing where. And then on Friday 9 September 2022, pupils will share what they’ve grown at hundreds of Harvest celebrations in playgrounds across Scotland – with live music, art, stories and much more.
The Dandelion Schools Growing Initiative is delivered in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, a charity providing education initiatives for children, young people and educators that focus on environmental issues.
Vertical farms and experiments on the move – discover our glowing growing Cubes as they travel across Scotland.
Floating farms, vegetable verges and carpark carrots – Dandelion’s Unexpected Gardens are sprouting all over Scotland.
Free weekend-long festivals in Glasgow and Inverness bookend the summer with live music, theatre, plant giveaways, workshops, talks, science and arts.
In car parks and in playgrounds, on streets and in squares, this is a Harvest celebration unlike any other.
Our story begins with our launch film in April 2022 – not in the city, a town or even a farm, but on a tiny island in the very far north-west of Scotland.