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Food for Life - Schools Programme

                                                                                    

Benefits and Sustainable Ideas

  • Some of the schools intend to use their produce in school meals at dinner times and packed lunches for any field trips etc.
     
  • Cookery lessons.
     
  • Market days throughout the year, to help make the gardens sustainable.
     
  • Stalls for the parents to buy the produce when picking their children up from school. The children could take in money and run these as mini enterprises to help pay for the upkeep of their plots.
     
  • Provide Veg Bags or boxes to parents.
     
  • Highlights the healthy eating agenda and “5 a day" issues.
     
  • Encourages the children as well as the community to not only interact between their own families but to taste and experiment with the produce.
     
  • Deals with obesity issues. Can help in tackling some of the problems surrounding this topic by giving the option children and those in the wider community use allotment-style growing spaces and to help in educating users regarding a healthier lifestyle. 
     
  • The growers can make a more informed decision about fresh produce, where it comes from, how it gets to the plate, the real costs involved, the difference in taste between home grown and supermarket bought, and the  dietary benefits. Growing locally will cut out food miles which will reduce the carbon footprint.
     
  • Most of the schools run Extended School clubs and do not have these facilities on site already, but have the space to accommodate these areas.
     
  • The idea being that if a school has a growing area, they will run the sites as mini enterprises to help make them sustainable for future years.  In turn the children will be using other skills such as Maths, I.T and English, they will also help with building social and confidence skills, and in can assist in bringing the community closer together.
     
  • The children can assist in the design of their growing spaces - draw layouts, name the areas, suggest features to include, decide what fruit and vegetables to grow, along with ideas on how to make these sites sustainable for future years i.e. next year seeds, any additions to site, repair work, extra tools etc.
     
  • Some of the design layouts will accommodate water butts where possible to harness the rain water instead of using the schools own water supply thus making them more eco friendly. 
     
  • Also on offer is the schools own web page allowing them to put on their own photos and information, enabling them to look at other schools in the area doing similar projects, to share ideas and to interact with each other. The website will grow not only in information but in the number of schools listed. Each successful project completed will become part of the ever expanding School Sites area (free of charge for 12 months). It can be viewed at: http://www.digitprojects.com/
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