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Every school should have an asparagus bed! Veg patch and fruit trees. Please sign here.
An asparagus bed sounds odd but will actually meet requirements of ease to set up, gain kids interest and super healthy crop.
So why? Supermarkets and marketeers have disconnected people with where their food comes from. This has resulted in a can’t cook, won’t cook generation and bad diet increasing obesity and diabetes.
We desperately need to improve diet by enthusing the next generation to love fresh fruit and veg, and influence their parents to change from ready meals, to cooking fresh nutritious food.
Growing and picking fresh fruit and veg has proved to completely change children’s attitude from ‘don’t like vegetables’, to ‘YUM’ (see our video below). So all schools need a productive, easy to manage, fruit and veg patch.
Hence, an Asparagus bed and strawberry patch.
Asparagus is slightly unusual and will gain kid’s interest, but sweet and the king of fresh veg best eaten within 2 hours of picking. And incredibly healthy for kids to take home if mum or dad are ill. As for strawberries? Everyone’s favourite fruit.
Both foods once established will spread and produce a crop every year during the summer term with minimal maintenance.
Once popular other crops can be grown depending on enthusiasm and space.
And cost? I bet, in time, the improvements in diet will reduce the NHS spend on diet related illness by 10 times the cost of implementing this initiative. And schools could even earn from their veg patch by selling their crop to a local shop found on the BigBarn Local Food map. (see video)