Bumper crop for village primary

Children at Syresham Primary School with their veg PNL-150819-095859001
Children at Syresham Primary School with their veg PNL-150819-095859001
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Children at Syresham Primary School have had a bumper crop of salad and veg, thanks to a Grow and Sell kit from Waitrose Community Matters.

Earlier this year, Waitrose distributed the kits to encourage schoolchildren to grow their own produce and sell it.

Syresham Primary School used the kit, which contains vegetable seeds, equipment, step-­by­-step growing instructions, to help get their school vegetable patch up and running.

Foundation governor Sallie Connery, who runs the gardening club, said: “The Grow and Sell scheme has been immensely popular with the children, who have grown, beetroot, courgettes, red lettuce, green lettuce and snap peas.

“As well as the satisfaction of growing a successful harvest, the children have benefited from the entrepreneurial experience and improved their gardening knowledge.”

New this year was the Waitrose Grow and Sell educational app, enabling children, parents and teachers to access information on where their food comes from, how it is produced, and the importance of environment and seasonality, and featuring a crop timer.

Another new feature of the kit is the inclusion of wild flower seeds, to help boost the number of bees, butterflies and other pollinators in school hedgerows.

Branch manager of Waitrose, Brackley, David Bonnel, said: “Having seen the success of last year’s project, it brings us immense pleasure to be able to offer the Grow and Sell scheme to many more schools.

“We hope it will encourage children to choose to eat well, and inspire entrepreneurial minds to flourish.”

Waitrose customers will be able to support next year’s Grow and Sell scheme with the green tokens during September.