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Our food story at Shiskine PS, Arran

by Jacqui, Shiskine PS Catering Supervisor

We have a vegetable garden here at Shiskine Primary. In years gone by we had a retired farmer who came into the school every Friday to do the garden with the kids, and now we continue to harvest the vegetables. Just now we are growing potatoes, carrots, turnip, onion, lettuce, beetroot, tomatoes, courgettes, strawberries and also we have a wild flower garden. The children are growing sunflowers for a competition, too!

The kids love that they have their own wee allotment to care for and are chuffed with their produce. They come to the kitchen were I give them my 'shopping list' and they go and dig up what is required for the school lunch that day - can't get any fresher than that!

We also invite food producers into the school to do talks about where the food comes from and do cooking classes. We had the butcher, who showed up how to make healthy beef burgers, the cheese maker who made mozzarella, each child made a bread roll and the local dairy came and showed us how to made ice cream. The children loved it and enjoyed eating all their own food they had made.

I think our kids here are well clued up on where their food comes from and how far it travels. It's great that they show so much interest.

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