Lichfield farm puts asparagus on the menu for schoolchildren

Cook Donna Jillings, Cllr Veronica Downes, Francesca Sole, Brandon Jassal and Libby Evans

Cook Donna Jillings, Cllr Veronica Downes, Francesca Sole, Brandon Jassal and Libby Evans

A Lichfield farm has been helping to show primary school children the link between what they eat and where it comes from.

New Farm Produce teamed up with Staffordshire Catering Service to allow school cooks to serve up asparagus for youngsters across the county.

The aim of the event was to raise awareness of where food comes from and to increase the children’s understanding of the importance of healthy living.

The use of locally sourced food in schools also helps to drastically reduce harmful CO2 emissions which damage the environment as the journey from the farm to the kitchen is much shorter.

County Councillor Veronica Downes, Cabinet member for Schools, said:

“It is essential that children understand the importance of eating healthily and the array of benefits this will bring them in terms of fitness and doing well in their lessons. In Staffordshire, we are very keen to support our local farmers, who work hard to provide fresh and tasty food, by using their produce in our schools.

“Events like this one are a fun way of introducing the children to different types of vegetables that they may not have experienced before.”

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