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Grow your own grub 2022

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 or schools in the traded services 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 growing training in 16 March 2022

  • 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 25 May 2022 (judging takes place on Thursday 26 May 2022)

  • 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 2 July 2022 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 will be arranged for 13-17 June 2022 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

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

Get involved

The deadline to register your school has now passed.

Any questions please email


Please consider the environment.