Edwalton Primary School in Northampton already has a farm [consisting of pigs, a goat and some chickens], a farm shop, vegetable patch and a polytunnel. It has now decided to add a community allotment to this list in order that they can give all that produce to the most vulnerable people in their community.
The farm shop sells some of the produce from the vegetable plot every 3-4 weeks; the money from these sales goes back to the school to allow them to purchase more seeds, etc. In addition to the shop, the vegetable plot also provides the school kitchen with food for the student’s dinners as well as providing food to the local Friary Drop-in Centre [http://friarydrop-in.org.uk].
One student noted ‘Our food tastes different from stuff in the shops. I don’t like pesticides very much and if you grow your own you know that it’s healthy.
Early years students will also take part in a healthy eating initiative called Eat Yourself Fit cafe.
In addition to this, for at least the next 2 years they are also going to embed Foodshare into their curriculum, as well as being a test school for Foodshares ‘Totaliser’. More about this later….