Primary pupils’ harvest feast celebrates a year of food discovery
Copyright: Archant 2016
Primary pupils celebrated a year of “food discovery” with a huge harvest feast at their school – bringing together all their new-found know-how about farm crops and the food business.
About 180 children from Mile Cross Primary School on Brasier Road in Norwich prepared the banquet, using seasonal vegetables and salads grown at the school, using knowledge gained from visits to Norfolk farms.
It the fourth year the school has taken part in the Country Trust’s food discovery project, which targets urban schools in disadvantaged areas to bring food, farming and the countryside alive for children least able to access it.
The children, all aged between seven and 10, have also run their own playground markets, which has taught them about the economics of the food industry – as well as generating profits to spend on their harvest feast.
Sally Hetherington Aherne, food discovery co-ordinator for the trust, said: “It’s been fantastic to see how the children’s understanding about food has developed over the past year.
“We have been out to local family-run farms, we have grown, we have cooked and we have marketed. The markets are particularly popular. They grow their own food and we get stuff in from wholesalers, trying to get seasonal and local food as far as possible, and the children have to work out how they can sell it and make a profit.
“Because they have been immersed in it they understand the whole picture from a hands-on perspective, They are growing their own food but also learning how it is done on a large commercial scale, and that farming is a business. A lot of other children don’t have access to that.”
One of the pupils was Isobelle Jordan, 10, from Bowers Avenue, who said: “It is important to know what goes on in different places.
“The most exciting thing about it was the cooking. You get to learn about food you might not know about in normal life. At the farm visit we learned about oilseed rape and how the bugs can help it (by pollinating the crop). People think bugs just eat it, but actually they can sometimes help it.”