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On Wednesday we took our first class from Year 1 to visit the Feed Bristol Project. It was a great success and the children all planted peas and beans seeds which Matt and Katie from the project are going to look after for us so we can see how they have grown when we visit again. We are hoping to bring them back and plant them at school when we have somewhere to plant them!
The other 2 classes from Year 1 will be going on the trip next week. Thanks to Aumirah and Miss Gavin for organising it!
(have a look at our photos on this website and the Year 1 blog.)
With spring hopefully not too far away we have been making planting plans. We had a meeting on Friday so thanks to everyone who came along and showed their support. It was great to have a couple of new people join our tiny team!
We are very excited about our new outdoor classroom which will have raised beds surrounding it. However, it won't be ready in time for this year's crops so we have been making alternative plans which include making some raised beds on castors. This will allow us to move them around to different classes.
We will be moving the existing garden to the beds outside the year one classrooms so please let us know if you can spare any time to help.
We harvested lots of knobbly jerusalem artichokes with the help of all the year 2 children. They all got to taste them too! We still have loads left despite distributing them around the school so if anyone fancies coming in and cooking with the children.......(does anyone even read this blog??)
We have also built some fleece tunnels to protest our winter veg from the cold and the hungry birds.
We are in the process of choosing a site for our new garden, which will be located with an exciting outdoor classroom to be built in the spring - watch this space!
Despite the extremely wet summer we managed to produce a reasonable crop from our school garden. When we harvest - which we always do with children from across the school, we then have the issue of what to do with the produce. Getting it into school dinners is one of our goals but this proves tricky as the school cook is bound by lots of rules and regulations which, bizarrely make it difficult for to use organic fresh vegetables grown in our own garden!
We would like to do more cooking in school with the children but we really need parents to help us !!!!! Please let the Clare or Fiona, your class rep/ teacher or the school office if you would like to help or be involved in food for life in any way. We really want to keep the project going but we are struggling at the moment!
The garden is not looking bad, we have invested in some new plants to cheer us all up at this dark time of year, so we have flowers mixed with veg. We are using a new bed system along permaculture lines and are making fleece tunnels to keep off the cold and the birds.
Well the border is almost full of delicious vegetables fruit and herbs and the nursery garden is looking wonderful too.
Nursery have been cooking lots as usual as well as creating their very own salad bar!
Year 5 picked a big bowl of strawberries which they shared with some lucky reception children.
Reception children also sampled the radishes they planted as well as some crunchy lettuce.
We had our Food for Life fair last month with a bike powered smothie maker, a plant sale and a visit from Riverford as well as blind tasting of fruit and veggies which lots of children enjoyed!
The fair raised money to continue with our cooking and growing prohects in school.
We will be having another plant sale at the school summer fair on July 6th so keep any extra plants you have for us please!
We are still gardening most Friday afternoons from 2pm weather permitting. If you can spare some time to help just come along - we would love to see you.
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