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From plot to picnic plate

One planet picnic project gets underway with chef Fred Berkmiller and two secondary schools at Newton Garden, Midlothian.

Following the successful launch of our 2017 One Planet Picnic with Edinburgh chef, Fred Berkmiller we're delighted to be working with him on a new programme of support for schools to experience growing, cooking and eating across the seasons and the academic year. 

The ‘One Planet Plot’ project brings together chef Fred with pupils from Musselburgh Grammar School and Dalkeith High School to work in the garden that supplies his two Edinburgh restaurants.  Pupils from both schools have had their first workshops with Fred, where they were introduced to some new ingredients, tried new tastes and produced a delicious lunch.  They will be returning to the garden again in the new year to build on their experience, develop their knowledge and skills and savour the accomplishment of making and sharing some really good food.

Pupils will continue working with Fred to harvest from the garden, sew new crops and support the growing process as are part of the programme to ensure a continuity of harvests as well as learning about how the different tasks of producing food relate to the changing seasons.

Newton kitchen garden is run on sustainable principles, making best use of the available resources, thinking about what will work well in the growing conditions found there, nurturing the soil’s fertility and looking for innovative, low-cost ways of re-using materials to extend the opportunities for growing.  Surrounded by this ethos of sustainability, the One Planet Plot activities cover planting, growing, prepping and cooking produce. 

The name ‘One Planet Picnic’ reminds us about living within the limits of our one planet and that our food choices have impacts beyond our individual health.  Our food choices represent 16% of greenhouse gas emissions from Scottish households, not including emissions from any food waste. *   Happily, there’s a lot that we can do to have food is good for the planet as well as good for you; from reducing food waste to eating local, seasonal food. 

27 October 2017

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