Loughfouder National School, Knocknagoshel is one of over 1,600 primary schools nationwide that is showcasing resilience and creativity by preparing to plant their own spring garden and learning all about fresh, Irish produce, despite their school being closed.
Agri Aware’s Incredible Edibles programme is a free, healthy eating and growing project that has been running in Irish primary schools for 13 years. Over 43,000 primary school children nationwide are taking part in this year’s project.
Participating schools receive free grow packs that contain everything teachers and d students are showing excellent resilience and creativity in finding unique ways of learning all about food origin and fresh, Irish produce through online teaching, while preparing to plant their own spring gardens in March.
Ms Elizabeth Lane’s Junior, Senior, 1st and 2nd classes in Loughfouder National School, Knocknagoshel, have also been examining the difference between processed and unprocessed foods in their kitchens and making posters.
“In our online classes this week we have been talking about the origins of food, how most of our foods come from the farm and the foods that we eat are processed or unprocessed,” said the Kerry students.
Commenting on the resilience teachers and students partaking in Incredible Edibles are showing, Agri Aware chairman, Alan Jagoe said: “I’d like to commend the teachers and students taking part in Incredible Edibles this year and I’d also like to thank parents for their support of the project in aiding their children take part in online learning.”
“While schools are closed, teachers are showing great commitment to the project by making use of the wealth of free, online resources provided on IncredibleEdibles.ie and sharing them with their students. Teachers are also showing creative and innovative ways of teaching children all about food origin and identifying Irish produce in preparing students to plant their own spring gardens in March.”
“I’d also like to remind parents who are engaged in home-schooling at the moment that all Incredible Edibles resources are available to download for free on IncredibleEdibles.ie. They are fully curriculum linked, educational and help reconnect children to the farm to fork process,” said Mr Jagoe.
Pictured is Amber Davis – Loughfouder National School.