Richmond School wins "Grow Your Own Lunch" competition

Trafalgar school winners

Trafalgar Infant School in Richmond beat scores of green-fingered London schools to become special prize winners for the ‘Grow Your Own Lunch Competition’ organised by School Food Matters.

Winning the special ‘Grow Around the World’ category awarded by Garden Organic's Food Growing Schools: London the students impressed judges with their sensational recipe design for an exotic, Tanzania inspired, two-course lunch.

From Tanzania to Twickenham with Trafalgar Infant School
Trafalgar Infant School used their experience raising money for a school vegetable garden in Tanzania with the Tanzania Livingstone Trust, to inspire their recipes. “Our children were thrilled to win! They filled their growing beds with new produce such as okra, chickpeas, and coriander and then cooked up delicious recipes for all to try. They are looking forward to cooking their 'Grow Around the World' food again on their community Big Dig day for all to enjoy.” Rachel Hutchins, Sustainability Teacher, Trafalgar Infant School in Richmond.

The special prize was awarded to coincide with Food Growing Schools: London partnership’s ‘Grow Around the World’ campaign, a London schools’ celebration of food from around the world: The judges were impressed by the student's ideas, creativity and research into growing exotic food, “Trafalgar Infant School stood out as real global citizens, demonstrating that food is connector of people, cultures and creativity. It is a pleasure to see London schools going one step further, learning to grow and cook exotic food often eaten in their own local communities, and experimenting with new growing ideas and recipe design.” said** Chris Collins (BBC TV Gardener)**

The whole ‘Grow Your Own Lunch’ Competition award ceremony will take place at the at 12noon today, Friday 20th March 2015, at Alexandra Palace. The special prize will be awarded by expert judges; Garden Organic's Chief Executive, James Campbell and BBC TV Chris Collins (BBC TV gardener).

Among the schools short-listed to win the special ‘Grow Around the World’ prize were Bensham Manor School, Chisenhale Primary School, Colville Primary School, John Ruskin Primary School, John Scurr Primary School, Sacred Heart Primary (Battersea), St John’s C of E Primary School (Kingston), St Teresa Catholic Primary School and Ursuline Prep school.“

The quality of school competition entries was extremely high, with each new entry showing creativity and inspiration that kept the judges smiling. Exotic food is rarely grown in the UK, but London students showed a real thirst for learning, demonstrating that anything is possible.”

said James Campbell, Garden Organic.

Trafalgar Infant School ‘Grow Around the World’ category prize includes:

  • 5 tickets for the Edible Garden Show

  • A half day visit to the school from a gardener.

  • A Sowing New Seeds guide to growing unusual crops in the UK – plus a CD of recipes and posters, created by Garden Organic.

  • A selection of unusual vegetable seeds,

  • A watering can and bottle top waterers.

You can find out more about Food Growing Schools: London here.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015