The challenge aims to educate children about vegetables and encourages pupils to make healthy food choices
The Farm Kitchen – a catering company providing delicious, nutritious meals for school children in Lincolnshire, Rutland and Cambridgeshire – has launched a Pea Shoot Growing Challenge with local schools to encourage kids to grow their own vegetables this spring.
The challenge sets out to teach children about growing vegetables, encourage healthy eating, and ultimately help prepare pupils to make good, sustainable food choices later in life.
The Farm Kitchen has delivered seeds to 25 schools in the local area, with over 2,000 children taking part. Throughout March, pupils will be getting involved in the activity in their lessons at school, where they’ll be watering and nurturing them their plants, helping them to grow into delicious pea shoots ready to eat.
The catering company will then be collecting all the pea shoots in the last week of term, where they will be used in a delicious Italian inspired tray bake that will be served for the pupils in their school meal.
Every school that grows enough to use in their lunch will receive a special gardening prize: a sunflower growing kit that they can use in the classroom to see how high they can grow their sunflowers.
Victoria Howe, founder of The Farm Kitchen, comments: “At The Farm Kitchen, we’re passionate about feeding our children delicious food, every day, that will encourage them to go onto make their own healthy food choices. We really believe that good food really can change everything for a child, from the fundamentals of good nutrition and fuel to the enhanced health and social benefits.
“We want to inspire our children to have the same passion for food that we do, from a young age, so we do regular growing competitions to get the children excited about what’s going into their meals and get them learning about vegetables and healthy eating.
“This time we’re doing pea shoots that we’ll be able to put into an Italian inspired tray bake that the children will be able to enjoy at school, so they can really see the fruits of their labour in a delicious meal.”
Jo Tomlins, Headteacher of South View Community Primary School, says: “We are really excited to get the children involved in such a brilliant initiative. We love encouraging the younger generation to learn about food and make healthy food choices, and getting the pupils involved in a growing competition is an interactive and fun way to do exactly that.”
Pea shoots have been chosen for this year’s challenge because not only are they tasty, but they’re also a great source of vitamin C, E and A, as well as high in fibre in potassium.
Based in the heart of Lincolnshire, The Farm Kitchen hand prepares tasty, hearty dishes each day and delivers them into schools to be served, making healthy food convenient and accessible. Using locally sourced ingredients, the highly skilled team prepares these daily, with all menus fully compliant with the School Food Standards and all menus accredited by Lincolnshire Food in Schools Team.