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Grow your own grub competition 2021

Grow Your Own Grub wheelbarrows

The Mealbarrow competition is a great way to encourage food growing in the school community. Schools participate by creating a ‘mealbarrow’, so even if you don’t have a designated growing area you can still enter. The competition is open to any Leicester school and can be done with an individual class or gardening club.

Further information

Why participate?

  • Combine creative culinary skills and gardening, your school is challenged to design a three course menu and grow a minimum of 5 ingredients in your Mealbarrow along with your own growing area. Mealbarrows are then showcased (Covid permitting).
  • Raise awareness of healthy eating and cooking in your school. Use as part of your Food for Life and Eco-Schools Awards
  • Opportunity to showcase food growing in a city wide school competition
  • Enter the Mealbarrow competition for an opportunity of first, second or third place
  • Receive recognition with Bronze, Silver or Gold Grow your Own Grub Award for published criteria on your extended growing area

School commitments

  • Attend free food virtual growing training in 11 March 2021
  • You will need to provide compost, seeds and/or plug plants (some seeds provided after the training)
  • You will need to reuse the wheelbarrow from last year, or upcycle an old wheelbarrow (ask around in school or get in touch if you are struggling)
  • Design and submit a healthy 3 course menu by 5pm on Wednesday 19 May 2021 (judging takes place on Thursday 20 May 2021)
  • Grow at least 5 of your ingredients in the Mealbarrow
  • Deliver and collect the Mealbarrow the event venue for the celebration day (Covid permitting) - Saturday 3 July 2021 at Abbey Mead Pumping Station (If you are unable to bring the wheelbarrow or having problems getting your wheelbarrow to the pumping station, we
    can offer support. Please do get in touch.)
  • Host the judging team during your site visit to view your Mealbarrow and extended growing area (where available). Visits (if possible) will be arranged for after 21 June 2021 or can be conducted virtually/with a pre-recorded video
  • Advertise the competition and the celebration day to parents & families via school newsletters and the school’s social media channels

Newsroom Event

We are working in partnership with the Documentary Media Centre to run a newsroom all about the GYOG Competition. This will take place on Thursday 1 July from 11am to 2pm and will involve a mixture of live and pre-recorded interviews with school staff and students.

If you have some photos or videos related to GYOG that you would like to feature on the newsroom, please email them over. This could be of your wheelbarrow and your growing journey. It would be fantastic if the newsroom features every one of the 26 schools that have taken part this year, so if you don’t have photos or videos already, why not shoot a short (2 minutes) video that you would like to feature. This can be sent via email, file sharing or WhatsApp.

We would also like to invite 3 or 4 schools to feature more prominently in the newsroom. If you would like to be one of
them – either for a 15-20 minute pre-recorded interview with students, staff and possibly parents; or even a live
interview on the day, please let me know.

Supports your Eco-Schools healthy living, school grounds and biodiversity topics & Food for Life Award criteria.

Get involved

The deadline to register your schools participation is Friday 26 February 2021 and places will be filled on a first come basis.

Any questions please email


Please consider the environment.