Firm gives lesson in fresh produce

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A chilled food producer in Boston swapped feeding hungry tummies for feeding hungry minds when it visited a town primary school.

Freshtime, based in Marsh Lane, recently held its latest Freshtime Fun Club session at Staniland Academy.

It saw 38 children, aged seven and eight, from the Peck Avenue school welcome Freshtime’s head of agronomy Mel Miles to a session about fresh produce before heading out into the sunshine for a planting exercise.

The pupils took part in an assembly, during which Mel tested them on their vegetable and salad knowledge and discussed the different colours, tastes, and textures of the produce.

Now in its third year, the Fun Club teaches primary school pupils about vegetables, particularly those grown in Lincolnshire, and promotes healthy eating and food growing.

In the second half of the session the pupils were split into groups and set off for the school’s Storytelling Garden. The children helped Mel to weed and prepare the soil in two large planting containers before adding some compost and finally a variety of lettuce seedlings.

Mel said: “The fun club provides a great opportunity for school children to become engaged in the food growing process and I hope they take the enthusiasm they showed during the session and become ambassadors for healthy eating at home.”

Year Three teacher Teri Brown said: “We have recently been learning about what plants need to help them grow and the outdoor planting session with Mel provided a great opportunity for the children to use what they had learnt.

“The class carefully planted a bed of lettuce and we’re looking forward to taking care of the plants as they grow. We have a school farmer’s market coming up in a couple of weeks and I’m sure the children will be proudly displaying their produce by then.”