Pupils grow their own feast

Wheelbarrows were out in force on volunteer weekend at the new school garden in Uplyme. Wheelbarrows were out in force on volunteer weekend at the new school garden in Uplyme.

Thursday, April 3, 2014
9:13 AM

Uplyme primary school children plant a kitchen garden on the site earmarked for their new school

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Children working on plans for the garden in the classroomChildren working on plans for the garden in the classroom

Pupils at Mrs Ethelston’s Primary School in Uplyme have been taking part in a ground-breaking outdoor learning experience.

Through the Greencuisine Trust project ‘Grow, Cook, Share’ they are creating a fruit and vegetable garden on the site earmarked for their new school, near the village hall.

The children have learnt about soil types, crop rotation, wildlife habitats and seasonal vegetables. They have also considered which vegetables to plant in the garden, based on what they would enjoy cooking for the celebration feast at the end of the year.

Teachers say the garden has enormous potential for learning and has already brought to life numeracy, literacy and science in a real life situation and the children have many ideas of ways in which they would like to develop the space.

During the Spring term each class has planted a fruit tree which they will spend a year caring for, before handing them over to future pupils to harvest.

And during the Summer term the children will visit Trill Farm, a diverse working farm that aims to inspire healthy and responsible living. The children will participate in wild harvesting and pizza-making days and creative food and nutrition workshops in the kitchen.

The challenge over the next few months is to grow enough for the community feast in September – but in the meantime the priority is to put up fencing to stop rabbits eating all the produce. The Greencuisine Trust team would be pleased to hear from anyone who can help with this.

They should contact project coordinator Laura Ellison or founder and director Daphne Lambert on 07796686629.

Added Laura: “Lots of people have contributed so far in many ways, the latest being Otter Nursery and Groves Nurseries.”

To read more about the project visit http://www.greencuisinetrust.org/projects

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