Saturday, 16 April 2016

Week 5 Thursday 24 March

Apologies for the lateness of this post. (Blog author has been on holiday - and now quite difficult to exactly remember the activities! But here goes):

This was the final session for the first groups of families. A lot of the activities were done outside, including digging up and clearing old growth eg broccoli plants, weeding and turning over soil. Strawberry plants which had overwintered in the polytunnel were pottted up, so they could be taken home. The 'square foot' garden was completely planted up, with onions, seedlings (coriander and rocket) and broad beans - so that each individual now has a mini garden. It will be interesting to see how quickly and successfully each plant variety grows. 

The broad beans, planted in week 1 are just beginning to emerge.

 Everyone together at the end of the garden session.

Next, the (final) cookery session. The children created finger foods including bruschetta, apple turnovers, and fruit. (The following photos can also be seen on the Facebook page).

 Here are a few more:

 We watch patiently (for a few seconds at least). The temptation was too great!

 Bruschetta expert

 Mmm, these taste good!


A finger foods fine feast......

 .....soon demolished

A final session evaluation was undertaken. This is very important to measure the success of the project. Here, questionnaires are being completed and Jane is chatting with some of the families and getting lots of useful feedback.   Below: all opinions count!

Well, that concludes the first part of the project. The five weeks have been brim full of activities: the children and families have participated with great enthusiasm. The children have enjoyed many different aspects of gardening, food preparation and cooking. After the Easter holidays, we start with the second groups. They will be doing similar activities.

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