BUDDING Jamie Olivers from a local school got hands-on experience of making pizza during a visit to a farm managed by The Co-operative Farms.
The children from Carlogie Primary School, Carnoustie, took a break from the classroom to learn about food and farming as part of The Co-operative’s From Farm to Fork (FF2F) project.
During the day the youngsters learned about the Blairgowrie estate and the crops grown by The Co-operative Farms there and elsewhere in Scotland, and also how to make a healthy pizza from scratch using ingredients from Co-operative farms and food stores.
They saw strawberries grown in poly-tunnels, which are then transported to The Co-operative’s packhouse in Longforgan, and also learned about its ground-breaking ‘Habitat Heroes’ project to protect red squirrels on the farm.
Maggie Hart, The Co-operative Farms’ FF2F project leader at Rosemount Farm, Blairgowrie, said: “It was a fantastic day out for the children, who got the chance to make their own food and learn about how it is grown on Co-operative farms.
“It was great for them to learn about the benefits of healthy eating, as well as get hands-on experience of making healthy pizzas, creating a wildlife area and understanding the importance that wildlife plays in farming and putting food on our plates.”
The farm in Blairgowrie has been farmed by The Co-operative Farms since 1952 and grows a number of crops including strawberries, carrots and potatoes, spring barley, rapeseed, wheat and winter barley.
From Farm to Fork is part of The Co-operative’s ‘Green Schools Revolution’, a multi-channel sustainability education programme available to all schools in the UK. The programme brings together a host of learning materials and practical opportunities to help teachers, parents and children take care of the environment in a fun and active way.
From learning about where food comes from, to visiting a wind farm and setting up a walking bus, the breadth of activities and resources is designed to bring environmental learning to life, and inspire the next generation of green pioneers.
For more information and for school registration, visit www.greenschools.coop.
The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned not by private shareholders but by over seven million consumers. It is the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer and one of Britain’s largest farming operations.