Food growing schemes can help to improve physical access as well as perceptions around healthier food consumption.  For example, a recent evidence review found that: 2

  • school-based schemes improve pupil’s attitudes towards healthy eating and increase their consumption of vegetables
  • attendees at a community gardening project consumed 40% more fruit and vegetables after completing the programme
  • participants of a gardening skills project increased the amount of fruit and vegetables they ate over a 12-month and three-year follow-up period
  • adults who grow food at home eat more fruit and vegetables than those who don’t.

 

References

  1. U. Schmutz, M. Lennartsson and S. Williams, “The Benefits of gardening and food growing for health and wellbeing,” Garden Organic and Sustain, 2014
  2. U. Schmutz, M. Lennartsson and S. Williams, “The Benefits of gardening and food growing for health and wellbeing,” Garden Organic and Sustain, 2014