Schoolchildren get hands dirty learning about how food is grown

RAB gardening
Saffron Walden
July 22, 2013
Photograph: Submitted.
Pic shows: Susie Diggons (Tesc

RAB gardening Saffron Walden July 22, 2013 Photograph: Submitted. Pic shows: Susie Diggons (Tesco Community Champion ) and pupils by the vegetable plot. Names: Abigail Thurgood-Buss is coming into the office on Wednesday morning to identify the children. - Credit: Archant

GREEN fingered primary school children have been busy getting their hands dirty learning about how food is grown.

Reception pupils at RA Butler have been planting seeds and nurturing the plants in a vegetable plot at the school under the guidance of Tesco community champion Susie Diggons and teacher Abigail Thurgood-Buss.

“The children loved it and found it very inspiring,” said Miss Thurgood-Buss. “They grew sunflowers, lettuces and tomatoes. The idea behind the classes was to get the children to think about where their food comes from instead of simply just from a supermarket.”

It has been such a success that Miss Thurgood-Buss and her pupils have gone on to grow herbs such as mint, parsley, coriander and basil. They have also grown sunflowers that the children have taken home with them for the summer holiday.

“The children are aged between four and five and it is very important for them to learn about how food grows and where it comes from,” said Miss Thurgood-Buss. “Susie was amazing with the children and we will definitely be doing something similar next year.”

During the summer holiday the plants will be watered regularly and the children will use them in September in cooking classes.

l From left, Brodie Larrson, five, Ben Cornell, five, Tesco community champion Susie Diggons, and Conor Hoskins, five.

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