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Young Food Entrepreneurs Programme Expanded

The Young Food Entrepreneurs project has recently completed a successful pilot working with 75 students in 4 schools across central Scotland. Students from Alloa Academy (Clackmannanshire), Levenmouth Academy (Fife), Glenwood High School (Fife) and Clyde Valley High School (North Lanarkshire) discussed the choices made by farmers regarding how they grow food as well as different models of food production and processing.

The Young Food Entrepreneurs project is funded by the Scottish Government and supports the development of Scotland as a Good Food Nation through enabling students to explore local food networks and reflect on the sustainability of their own food choices through different activities.

The project also built awareness of the diversity of employment opportunities in food and drink by connecting young people with those who work within our food systems. Students went on to develop their enterprise skills and demonstrate their sustainable food knowledge through planning and hosting a One Planet Picnic prepared using sustainable ingredients e.g. seasonal, local, organic, or ethical produce as well as focusing on reducing packaging and food waste.

At the end of the pilot project students expressed that they felt important factors to consider when purchasing food were:

“…it being grown locally is really important because less greenhouse gasses will be released if it isn’t far away…”

“treating people fairly is important”

“…even if food looks good it might not taste good…”

“...it may be better to pay a bit more for food so people are treated fairly and there is less environmental damage…”

The support of local businesses was a key element of the project’s implementation as they gave the students an insight into the realities of working within the food production and primary processing industry. We are grateful for the support of a number of local businesses including Riverside Bakery in Stirling, Puddledub in Auchtertool and Falkland Kitchen Garden.

We are currently working to recruit target schools for the next iteration of the project which will commence in the new academic year. Young Food Entrepreneurs has been expanded to include a one day professional learning course for teachers as well as an expanded programme of 8 in school sessions led by Keep Scotland Beautiful staff supporting more in depth learning within the project.

For more information on Young Food Entrepreneurs please visit our website.  To express an interest in future offerings of this project for your school or local authority, send an email stating Young Food Entrepreneurs in the subject line confirming your contact details to food@keepscotlandbeautiful.org.

08 May 2017

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