Norse helps school pupils plant vegetable garden
Gold Food for Life caterer, Norse, believes every child in Norfolk should have access to healthy and nutritious food throughout the school day. To encourage children to interact with fresh ingredients, Norse actively promote the ‘farm to fork’ message through a variety of projects and workshops.
Children at West Earlham Infant and Nursery School recently had a morning to remember when they planted seed potatoes in their new school garden.
Each class has their own ‘grow bag’ to water, feed and nurture over the coming months; providing them with hands-on learning and the opportunity to enjoy their harvest during a special school lunch.
Terrance Isaac-Griffiths, Norse Commercial Director, says “children actively engage with their food if they know where it comes from and can follow the journey from its raw state to its cooked version on the plate. I am delighted to be involved in this project with West Earlham and strongly believe it will help inspire the children and encourage a genuine love of wholesome, fresh food.”
The School Food Plan, published by the Department for Education in July 2013, makes specific reference to the themes of growing, cooking and eating and the importance of creating a ‘food culture’ in schools.
The culmination of this particular garden project at West Earlham will be a celebration day on Tuesday 4th July, where the children, alongside representatives from Norse and potato supplier McCain, will harvest the first potato crop.
The school garden is a brand-new venture for West Earlham and holds lots of potential for future interactive projects.
Norse sponsored the raised vegetable beds, Bailey’s of Norfolk Ltd donated free of charge, good quality top soil and McCains have provided the seed potatoes.
Headteacher, Binks Neate-Evans, has visionary plans for the rest of the school vegetable garden and would welcome further sponsorship from the local business community. Binks comments, “we are committed to ensuring our children learn through hands on experience, learning to reduce our carbon foot print by increasing the amount we grow. We hope that community members will offer their expertise too.”
The Vegetable Garden’s ethos has an emphasis on natural materials and using as much recycled material as possible. Items on the school’s wish list include: Potting shed, polly tunnel, fruit cage, chicken run, fencing, hardwood pallets, round posts, boards, compost bins, fruit trees and herbs, as well as children’s forks, spades, trowel, watering cans, wheelbarrows, seed trays and pots.