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Where Does Our Food Come From?


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Leicestershire Master Gardeners Peter and Malcolm have been visiting Parklands Primary School in South Wigston this week, talking to their youngest pupils about where their food comes from and helping them to make paper pots to sow peas in.

Three classes of 4 and 5 year olds enjoyed trying samples of plant seeds (sunflower), roots (carrot sticks), leaves and stems (cress) and fruit (apples) and found out where many of their favourite foods come from.  They now know that their breakfast cereal is made from seeds and that crisps come from potatoes, which grow under the ground.  They explored various seeds, from chunky beans (that’s where baked beans come from!), through curry scented fennel, to tiny poppy seed.

There was great enjoyment of the chitted potatoes that Master Gardener Malcolm brought in, with roots a foot long, and of the tickly cress roots.  They surprised us with many of their answers, offering seaweed as an example of an edible leaf; perfectly correct but not most adults’ first response.

In the second half of each session they made their own paper pots out of old newspaper and sowed them with peas for a tasty pea shoot salad.   By the end of the sessions there was compost everywhere and they had all had the chance to get their hands dirty.

If you would like to have a go at sowing your own pea shoots, click here for paper pot making instructions and here,  Growing Pea Shoots Sheet, for pea sowing.  Buy marrowfat peas from the shops rather than seed peas and you can have an incredibly cheap, tasty and healthy salad, grown on your own windowsill.  Sow now and, like the children of South Wigston, you should have a bumper crop of pea shoots after the Easter holidays.

One Response to “Where Does Our Food Come From?”

  1. peterwynn says:

    Nice article and great photo Alison.

    Peter Wynn

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