Every parent wants their child to eat more vegetables, and with concerns about sugar and childhood obesity on the rise, Riverford Organic Farmers are taking action with a new scheme to get children at local schools, nurseries and pre-schools to love the green stuff!
Riverford’s is delighted to announce that Stoke Bishop Church of England Primary School is the first to register in the Bristol Area. They kicked off the partnership – which will also help the school to raise funds when parents get veg boxes delivered to their homes – with a veg cookery lesson. After an interactive talk about where vegetables come from and why it’s important to eat a balanced diet, the children washed, chopped, snipped, squeezed and grated fruit, veg and herbs to create tasty vegetable salads and fruit kebabs.
Design and Technology coordinator Vickie Melton, said “Here at Stoke Bishop Primary School we are working towards ensuring that every child understands about a healthy diet and where food comes from. Children often have a preconceived idea about vegetables but when given opportunities to prepare, chop, taste and create delicious recipes, their opinions dramatically change. We are currently developing out school garden and involving children in the whole soil to plate process. Creating a partnership with Riverford will enable us to deliver the curriculum in a fun and exciting way, whilst raising money to develop our school grounds. Our learning for life agenda ensures that children’s experiences at school are enriched by cooking, gardening, eco clubs and Forest School in addition to our curriculum.
Riverford believes that one of the best things you can do for your children is involve them in preparing family meals. This can be time-consuming and messy, but it’s important as what you teach them now will build firm foundations for their future attitudes towards healthy eating. Let them wash, chop, grate and touch fruit and vegetables, and talk about where they come from. A vegbox is an ideal way to do this, and we also have loads of hints and tips to help parents encourage children to eat well and get them involved in the kitchen in fun and safe ways.
The Riverford Veg for Schools scheme is open to all schools, pre-schools and nurseries. Find out more at www.riverford.co.uk/veg-for-schools or call Natasha Beatty on 07718 912908.