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End of Term Report: Food for Thought

By Siobhan Eke, also posted in News on

Siobhan with pupils at WenhastonFood for Thought is an innovative project which helps children not only understand what it takes to grow their own food, but also how to run a commercial business by selling their crops. This year, it's certainly living up to its tagline: "Growing food, growing people, growing business." 2017 was our second spring / summer season and despite the long, cold spring, summer has produced bumper crops… so much growth, in the pupils as well as the crops! Food for Thought has received some great media coverage, including BBC Look East and Radio Suffolk. Here's our end of term report:

Wenhaston Primary

Wenhaston 2017 4When the project first started, the school was growing very little in just a couple of overgrown raised beds. However, this has all changed! Last year, the pupils built four raised beds which produced spinach, chard, apples, courgettes and cucumbers. In the past year, the pupils have been busy building on the growth, including the "Big Dig" with members of the Adnams team who helped dig out weeds and create new raised beds, and dig in the many bags of compost kindly donated by local garden centre, Wyevales, at Wenhaston Primary’s allotment. We're proud to report a stunning total of 21 different crops grown. The local community has got behind the project too and the school has kindly received donations of plants, including gooseberry bushes and raspberry canes. The school's goal is to quadruple their income this year, and looks like they are well on their way to achieving it.

Flegg High School

Flegg High SchoolA disused out-building has now been cleaned out and repurposed, and it's now a superb herb and vegetable-producing greenhouse, with a basic watering system installed, too! The pupils are growing 10 different crops to a commercial standard - great work everyone!

Peterhouse Primary, Gorleston

This year, the project worked with 60 pupils from Year 5. We began in the spring term for one day a week, for just over a term, and got all of the seeds planted for the school to start their own successful Food for Thought business. Norwich Food and Drink FestivalThe highlights of the year included: 1. 10 pupils were part of our top team at our first appearance at the Norwich Food and Drink Festival where we had our first ever Food for Thought stand. The pupils designed Food for Thought marketing materials including colouring-in sheets, Food for Thought word-searches and word games. We also gave away over 450 ‘healthy-living takeaways’ of pea shoot seeds planted in Bento Boxes filled with compost. Visitors to our stand also had great fun with ‘Guess the Fruit or Veg’ (fruit or veg placed in Adnams’ bags and visitors had fun feeling to guess what fruit or veg it was). This simple piece of activity raised lots of smiles. It was wonderful to hear visitors complimenting us on how great our Peterhouse Primary team pupils were at promoting and working on the stand. Top work, team! 2. The school has blossomed! When we first started, there was nothing there. Now we have some raised beds, and a huge polytunnel. The 2017 - 2018 year will see every class in the school taking part in the Food for Thought Challenge to grow one fruit or vegetable each - that'll be 12 fabulous crops! This year, Year 5 grew 6 varieties of vegetables, as well as over 100 lettuces which were kindly donated as young plants by local growers G's Fresh.

Woodton Primary, near Bungay, Norfolk

Herbs and veg at WenhastonA new addition to the team! The project started this summer and we're working with 20 pupils aged between 8 and 10 in one class. The pupils have taken home seeds to grow on at home over the summer holidays which we hope to plant when school starts again in September. If the weather is kind, then we may be able to give Adnams an autumn crop of onions. A whopping 11.5kg of blackcurrants have already been picked.

Ashleigh Primary, Wymondham

Ashleigh Primary is a producer school - which means they sow and grow, and Adnams buys their produce. They've grown four delicious crops this year. In summary, we've had a fantastic year - well done to every single pupil! You've all got a gold star - or should that be a golden apple? If you'd like to try produce from the Food for Thought project you can find it (when available) at The Plough, Wangford.  

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