Topsham school takes part in food campaign

CHILDREN from Topsham School have been learning about food sourcing as part of a campaign aimed at gaining knowledge about what they eat. Research, conducted by Cornish Mutual, a rural insurance firm, has found almost two thirds of school children struggl

CHILDREN from Topsham School have been learning about food sourcing as part of a campaign aimed at gaining knowledge about what they eat.

Research, conducted by Cornish Mutual, a rural insurance firm, has found almost two thirds of school children struggle to identify the origins of everyday food products they consume.

A campaign called Dig Down South West, designed to encourage youngsters to grow their own produce has been launched, with the held of TV personality Charlie Dimmock, as a result.

Pupils in year two and three at Topsham School have planted herbs and raspberry canes in a raised bed at Highfield Farm to coincide with the launch of the campaign.

Justin Vernon, a teacher at the school, said: "Our children are thoroughly enjoying being involved in 'Dig Down South West' and have visited Highfield Farm many times before.

"Growing vegetables is the next exciting step, allowing us to expand on what we've been doing in our allotment patch at school in recent years.

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"We're really looking forward to not only growing the crops but also thinking about how we can use them in school, for example, establishing a cookery club or using them in school meals and for snacks.