Clyde Valley Pupils reflect on food choices

Clyde Valley High School’s S2 Nurture group have been developing their skills as Young Food Entrepreneurs over the past two months. Working within the project has enabled students to explore Food and the Environment in greater detail. Students reflected on their own food choices and their sustainability, developed their understanding of how food is produced and explored the skills required by local food businesses.

Young Food Entrepreneurs is funded by the Scottish Government and supports the development of Scotland as a Good Food Nation. The 40 students explored their own local food networks and reflected on the sustainability of their own food choices through different activities. Students discussed the choices made by farmers regarding how they grow food and different models of food production and processing.

The students have been really enthusiastic throughout the project, asking salient questions to enable them to explore their own food choices through the lens of sustainability. Clyde Valley High School has laid strong foundations for the project with its work on Learning for Sustainability. The school has an active Fairtrade committee and were first awarded their Eco-Schools Green Flag in 2012.

The students hosted Bryde and Nat from Falkland Kitchen Farm who helped them to explore how a small organic farm works. They enjoyed finding out about Bryde & Nat’s journey starting their farm from scratch and developing a very wide range of skills, from plumbing, marketing and accounting, to make the business a success. The students are hoping to follow this up with a visit to Falkland Kitchen Farm in the Summer term.

They have also enjoyed opportunities to work in partnership with S5 hospitality students to plan and host a One Planet Picnic for around 20 people using sustainable ingredients e.g. seasonal, local, organic, or ethical produce as well as focusing on reducing packaging and food waste.

They approached this task by focussing on ingredients they could source locally, including herbs grown on the school’s campus, and providing healthy alternatives to un-healthy foods. They hosted their One Planet Picnic on Wednesday 22nd March and provided a diverse menu ranging from soups and sandwiches to scones, biscuits and smoothies for their guests. Judging from the photos posted by the school’s twitter feeds (@cvhs_he and @CVHS_English ) they had some well fed, happy guests and enjoyed the task thoroughly!

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.

30 March 2017

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