Primary school children in Boston are learning all about how vegetables grow and what goes on in a food factory.
They’remembers of the Freshtime Fun Club, a new project which we launched in 2014 to encourage healthy eating and teach Lincolnshire children about the food thatâ€™s grown on their doorstep.
The first school to take part in the Freshtime Fun Club was Boston West Academy, where around 240 pupils joined the club in May 2014 as part of a whole term of vegetable-related activities.
We provided the children with weekly snack packs of vegetables as well as balloons, bookmarks and a monthly activity sheet.
We also donated equipment for the schoolâ€™s allotment and polytunnel and in June 2014 the Key Stage 1 pupils paid us a visit to see salads, snacks and meals being prepared.
On the same day Key Stage 2 pupils took part in a Dragonâ€™s Den style competition, pitching their own recipe ideas to a judging panel which included our Managing Director Mark Newton.
â€œWe think itâ€™s important that children are taught about where food comes from at an early age so that when theyâ€™re older theyâ€™ll understand the importance of diet and nutrition,” said Mark.
â€œBoston is in the heart of the UKâ€™s vegetable growing area but many children will have never made the connection between what they see growing in the fields and the food on their plate.”
Emma Schofield, Outdoor Learning Leader at Boston West Academy, said: â€œGetting children excited about healthy eating and knowing where the food on their plate comes from â€“ especially their vegetables â€“ is key to our growing working relationship with Freshtime.
â€œAs a school we believe it is important that all children start learning from an early age that the food they eat (or should eat!) doesn’t just appear on the supermarket shelves and then on their plates â€“ there is an interesting journey from the field to their fork!
â€œAt Boston West Academy, teaching our children about growing, harvesting and eating vegetables grown in our school allotments is a key element to our outdoor curriculum.
â€œHowever, we are always looking for ways to broaden the childrenâ€™s learning experiences, so working closely with Freshtime has already added another dimension to our work through an exciting new partnership.â€
We went back to Boston West Academy in January 2015 to present a new kit for the mixed netball team. This year we will be working with St Thomas’ Primaryu School, which is just a short walk from our factory on Marsh Lane in Boston. Check back on this page to see what fun activities we get up to with the school in 2015!