We recently went out to a primary school just outside of Glasgow to talk about local growing and urban food with the Primary 6s. What a blast! We had a great time, and it looks like the students did too. We did a lot of group-based discussions around how and where food is grown, and covered topics from allotments to rooftop gardens to indoor growing (and of course aquaponics!)
We had a special presentation from the P7s that brought us through the two very different lifecycles of a standard store-bought tomato and a locally-grown organic tomato:
And everyone got to see (and smell!) first-hand some of the differences between them. Imagine the taste difference!
We were really impressed by the amount of knowledge the P6s already had about different ways to grow food: a lot of students had family members who grow food in their gardens, and some members of the Eco-committee expressed their interest in starting a school garden. We wanted all the students to take what they had learned home, so we did a self-watering planter out of upcycled plastic bottles (instructions can be found here).
We were able to source some fantastic locally-grown chives from Urban Roots, and everyone got to plant and bring their own chives home, along with care instructions and a recipe card. We’ll be expecting lots of chive-topped baked potatoes in the coming months!
A great day was had by all, and we’re already looking forward to returning in the Autumn to install a classroom-based aquaponics system!