Pupils get stuck into fresh food project

Children at a Boston school have been getting their teeth stuck into an educational project dedicated to healthy eating and the food that is grown on their doorstep.

St Thomas’ CofE Primary School, in Wyberton Low Road, is the latest school to sign up for the Freshtime Fun Club.

The scheme, run by the Boston-based fresh food producer Freshtime UK, aims to encourage healthy eating and teach Lincolnshire children about the food grown locally.

The project, now in its second year, was launched at the school last Tuesday and attended by about 180 pupils, as part of a whole term of vegetable-related activities.

Head of agronomy Mel Miles was on hand with a grocer’s box full of vegetables to test the children’s knowledge.

Following the introduction Year Two took part in a planting session.

Each pupil helped sow carrot, kale or spinach seeds, which they will replant in the school’s reflective garden when the weather improves.

Mel said: “I was impressed by how many of the pupils were able to correctly identify the different vegetables and the care the Year 2 classes took in helping me plant up the seeds.”

Later this term, Year Three pupils will be challenged to create a healthy new product complete with packaging and an advertising campaign. Year Six pupils will go one step further by creating a food product which they will market to parents, teachers and other pupils.