Youngsters get their hands dirty

JUST a few months after sowing and many hours spent nurturing their crops, students were able to enjoy the fruits of their labours.

JUST a few months after sowing and many hours spent nurturing their crops, students were able to enjoy the fruits of their labours.

Youngsters at Deben High School in Felixstowe were able to take home and cook the vegetables they had grown themselves as part of a project to teach them life skills and promote healthy living.

The school in Garrison Lane held a Big Harvest event so pupils could spend time on their allotment, where they have given tender loving care, tending and nurturing the crops since March, to enjoy digging up the veg.

Potatoes, carrots, radishes and peas were picked by the armful as the enthusiastic young gardeners worked the soil, with staff and fellow pupils waiting to buy the goods.

Darryl James, subject leader for personal, social, health and economic education and citizenship, said the project had been a huge success and would be extended in the future.

With further funding from the Suffolk Foundation and school association, a greenhouse will be bought and herb garden created.

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“The students have been working with Roger Cosgrove, from Farm2Form, who has been giving expert advice and guidance through each stage of the process,” said Mr James.

“It's amazing to see students who when we first started the project said they didn't like vegetables, now enthusiastically and very proudly talking about eating the vegetables they have grown!”

Year seven student Rosie Engstrom said: “I never used to like peas but I do now.

“They taste completely different to the ones from the shop - really sweet and fresh.”

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