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T2017 Cluster schools educational project

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Project Summary

The Aim of the project is to develop an active partnership with local schools and Abergavenny Food Forum. It is intended to develop a circular pilot project which will encompass all phases of produce /cooking /composting /growing /planting / vegetable harvest.

The project will add and enhance the school education curriculum, focusing on growing, cooking, farming and producing food in a practical way, working with farmers, growers, producers, chefs and businesses in the Monmouthshire area.

The intention is to enable the pupils to link directly to food, cooking and farming and influence the curriculum for future development in schools.

It will encourage the development of a programme of learning which will include education about produce /seasonality and growing cycles and to offer practical involvement in all elements of the food cycle where appropriate and to establish an active engagement in the national curriculum.

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  • Sarah Coakham

    I support this project and can see that it could grow in time to include more schools. I welcome the involvement of businesses and the farming community which will link it to skills in good land management practices and other food sector employment.

    The project could demonstrate stronger links with the Well-being of Future Generations Act. The WBoFG Commissioner has developed a group of 80 Simple Changes public bodies can make – and this project links with the resilient Wales, healthier Wales & globally responsible Wales goals.

    In particular it would be good to see a commitment to reduce the use of pesticides & fertilizers which will reduce biodiversity loss and contaminated soli and improve drinking water.

    The use of peat-free compost if needed in planting schemes will mean less peat bogs are drained, preventing carbon release back into atmosphere whilst helping to protect communities in valleys from flooding.

    Creating homes for wildlife eg bats, birds will also contribute to halting the decline in species. Pollinators are mentioned which is good and could go further with bat boxes etc.

  • Neville Hart

    Sounds like a very worthwhile project with concepts that all schools should embrace and take forward. Positive messages for children about climate change, sourcing food locally, understanding where there food comes from and how to cook food. This is what we want our children to learn and I would be supportive of these schools taking this initiative.

    I agree with Sarah in the project could embrace the issues of growing in peat free composts and the problems associated with fertiliser/pesticide usage and biodiversity loss in food production and cover the benefits of taking a more organic or low input approach to food production, which I am sure are concepts they would or are likely to take on if given feedback and encouragement.

    About £6K is capital investment in raised beds, plants, etc. so not sure if this is an issue or not for this funding.

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