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Young Farmers Club

These pictures were taken when around 20 children from Landscove Primary School came to the farm to work on their ‘vegpatch’. It was three weeks since we had started the ‘Landscove Young Farmers Club’ and on Tuesday 6th of May it was time to return to the land after a long Easter holiday break.

Spring is a time of planting and that’s what we did. With the help of Headmaster Robin Smith and a group of willing parents, we planted the plants that were sown on our first meeting and other vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, courgettes, potatoes and onions.

This is the second year that we have undertaken the club and so far the level of interest is very good – a weekly supply of cake helps! The club is run by Darran McLane from Riverford with help from willing volunteer Jodie Giles, whom in her younger years attended Landscove. During the last week of school before the summer holidays begin, the harvest from the plot will contribute to the making of their school dinners. The intention of the club is:

  • to improve the children’s knowledge of the growing cycle of vegetables
  • to develop the practical skills needed for successful plant growing
  • to understand the benefits of organic farming
  • to know more about vegetable farming in the local community
  • to know more about the vegetables that can be grown locally
  • to inspire them to be more involved in growing things at home
  • to improve their understanding of the relationship between field to plate.

food for thought

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Boys from Landsgrove primary school dig up spuds from their patch on Riverford farm – will they make chips?

growing kids

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Here at Riverford we’ve been cooking the school dinners for a local primary school since 2005, but last year we thought it would be fun to give the kids a patch of land on the farm to grow their own vegetables to put in the meals.

The results were a huge success. The children grew onions, potatoes, tomatoes and many other crops that they had chosen themselves. All the year groups got involved.

We recently had a little harvest festival so the children could show their parents what they had been up to – and you can see the results here!