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Growing Consumers through Production and Play: A Phenomenological Exploration of Food Growing in the School Foodscape

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DateAccepted/In press - 1 Jun 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 13 Aug 2018
DatePublished (current) - 1 Jun 2019
Issue number3
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)468-485
Early online date13/08/18
Original languageEnglish


This article adopts a phenomenological perspective to illustrate how gardens become important spaces where children informally encounter, produce, consume and learn about food. We extend the theoretical concept of the ‘foodscape’ by applying it to both childhood production and consumption and, drawing on qualitative insights from two UK school gardening clubs, show why bodily and sensory phenomena are central to unlocking the potential for foodscapes as learning environments. We highlight how sensory engagement with ‘mess’ and ‘dirt’ normally dissociated from food retail and service enhances the agentic capacity of children as growers and consumers. Our central contribution to the sociology of food is to advance the argument that sensory learning is vital if children are to successfully negotiate between abstract and experiential awareness of the taste and source of myriad consumables, something which currently exacerbates the culture of anxiety and mistrust in contemporary food consumption.

    Research areas

  • Children, food production, foodscapes, mess, outdoor education, phenomenology, school gardens

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