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Oxfam's Sow the seed resource

Any Young Co-operatives using the Greenfingers resource might be interested in Sow the seed, an Oxfam project which uses the experience of growing a plant to get students to empathise with agricultural producers growing crops in other parts of the world. Students are encouraged to grow plants as: a sustainable action that all young people can take; a symbolic gesture of support for farmers in the developing world; a tool to take action on an issue which matters to them; raise awareness about climate change; and think creatively about how this message can be sent to political leaders.

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For Sow the seed, students take part in cross-curricular activities around their plant-growing, encompassing subjects from geography to science, citizenship to art. These include simulating the effects of changing weather conditions on crops and making a meal using the plant they have grown. The results are recorded on Oxfam’s free Sew the seed wallchart.

Completed wallcharts and any supporting evidence sent to Oxfam will be shown to the government to show young people’s commitment to action on climate change and put pressure on them to keep their promises to people in the developing world, as well as being displayed in an online ‘Hall of Fame’.

Sow the Seed is aimed at students aged 7-14.

Find out more and download the resources at