Mums dip into children’s healthy harvest meal at Hague Primary School

PUBLISHED: 16:16 28 July 2016 | UPDATED: 18:15 01 August 2016

Pupils prepare their harvest feat at Bethnal Green's Hague Primary School

Pupils prepare their harvest feat at Bethnal Green's Hague Primary School

Country Trust

Children tucked into a harvest meal at the end of a year of discovering healthy food and a “taste of the country” in the rooftop playground at their school in London’s urban East End.

Digging up the spuds you like in the school playground gardenDigging up the spuds you like in the school playground garden

They invited their mums and dads to taste what they have learnt about growing their own vegetables and herbs and cooking simple nutritious meals.

The Year 3 youngsters at Bethnal Green’s Hague Primary have been helped by the Country Trust education charity with visits to Tiptree farm in Essex, home of the famous jam.

“The children couldn’t wait to pick the vegetables they had grown for the harvest feast,” head-teacher Judy Coles said. “The Country Trust has helped the school enhance a key part of the curriculum, teaching life skills like cooking and preparing meals, as well as getting first hand experience of the countryside.”

The harvest feast was one of the highlights of the Food Discovery project with parents invited to be their children’s guests to taste the food they had made.

The Country Trust’s aim is to bring food, farming and the countryside to life for youngsters in inner city areas like the East End. It teaches them new skills and confidence outside of the classroom, with farmers welcoming the youngsters onto their farms.

The children harvested their own potatoes, courgettes, carrots and herbs to prepare for last Friday’s feast, then made dishes including potato salad, green salad and a broad-bean dip for their parents to dip into.

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