ALFI is keen to involve local schools in its community vegetable-growing activities and to encourage an interest in gardening amongst young people generally.
Each year we choose one way in which we can offer encouragement to local primary schools to grow vegetables or fruit. Most of the schools have thriving gardening clubs and members of the committee have links with the different groups. These are some of the ways in which we have been able to help:
- 2010-2011 We gave primary schools seed packets and some grew seedlings to plant in some of our plots and planters. And we had a stall at the Alton College Green Week to encourage interest in growing food locally.
- 2012 We gave each school some fruit bushes or a fruit tree, as part of our fruit-growing theme.
- 2013 We gave them each a large container and some seed packets, to encourage container growing. We also helped at an Amery Hill Working Party to fill raised beds in their central quad to grow vegetables.
- 2014 Our theme was ‘Growing and Using Herbs’ we delivered a selection of herbs to the local schools, as well as holding a herb-based competition. We asked children to plan a herb garden and to send us their design. We were pleased to get 127 entries, and some imaginative and interesting ideas.
Young children take a natural interest in growing things, and enjoy gardening and ALFI hopes to continue its support of these activities.
Our theme for 2015 is ‘Useful flowers in the Vegetable Garden’ (see theme of the year). We want children to design a poster to illustrate any aspect of this. The posters should be A4 in size, in any medium, and can be individual or group entries. Names and contact details should be on the back. Entries should be handed into the Allen Gallery or the Curtis Museum – closing date to be announced.
Watch this space for further hints on flowers you could use.