Case Study: The Oval School
This year at The Oval School in Yardley, we have had a bumper Harvest! The decision was made by the pupils' SNAG (School Nutrition Action Group) to celebrate British Food Fortnight by hosting a Charity Organic Soup and Bread Sale, using our produce from the Community Allotment; and donating our produce and other Community Allotment grower's donations to our local church, St Edburgha's in Yardley. We are still raising funds and our School Council/SNAG team will be deciding which charities we will be donating to.
The local community have all pulled together to support British Food Fortnight and our PTA came up with some ideas, including baking cakes using our organic courgettes, beetroot and carrots to make 'healthy cakes.' The church is donating our fruit and vegetables to local charities including the homeless and the local community who need support with fresh produce. The fruit and vegetables were blessed and we were told it will be gratefully received by those who will receive them.
We grew our first watermelon this year, although very small, was a highlight in our experimental fruit and vegetable growing.
We grew a wide selection of vegetables, including Kohlrabi and Edsel blue potatoes. These were grown in our Eco-recycled green house which helped to keep the slugs away! We are very enthusiastic allotment growers; we make our own compost from fruit and vegetable peelings etc. from school and kitchen. The pupils choose what we grow from seed to plate and then cook recipes from our local community, or based on school topics and religious festivals in our Food Technology kitchen.
Working with the other allotment growers (as well as teaming up with Tesco and the Central England Co-op), we have encouraged the local community to buy and eat local produce. We would relish the opportunity to meet and learn more from such a prestigious chef, Raymond Blanc and also experience a modern take on teaching food skills from his son, Olivier. Chris Collins has inspired us, many pupils are avid Blue Peter fans and we have tried to experiment by growing in recycled containers and trying new different varieties.
We are proud that we have been part of 'Bring Home the Harvest.' in the past two years, the Telegraph has encouraged us to get involved and celebrate such an important event in the calendar.
"We are delighted to receive this lovely range of fruit and vegetables from The Oval School, they will go to people in our community that wouldn't get fresh produce in their diet." Mrs Joan Wall St Edburgha's Parish Administrator.
"This a wonderful way to celebrate harvest and bring the local community together to taste good food made by the Oval pupils and provide produce to local charities and raise money for causes in the UK and abroad." Quote from Mrs Emma Manders, School Governor and parent