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Lichfield students encouraged to grow and sell their own vegetables

Lichfield students have been growing and selling their own food as part of a new project.

Four local schools have joined a Waitrose-backed initiative which aims to teach the youngsters a range of skills.

The area’s MP Michael Fabricant met staff and pupils from Scotch Orchard and Saxon Hill schools to help launch the national Grow and Sell scheme.

The project will see primary age students plant their own produce before selling it at the city’s Waitrose store to raise funds for their school.

Michael Fabricant with representatives from Waitrose, Scotch Orchard School and Saxon Hill School

Michael Fabricant with representatives from Waitrose, Scotch Orchard School and Saxon Hill School

“Even in a rural area like Lichfield, too many children don’t really understand from where their food originates,” Mr Fabricant said. “So these Grow and Sell seed kits will help children understand better the origins of nutricious and tasty food.

“The children will learn more about where food comes from, the impact of seasons, and develop entrepreneurial skills.”

As part of the project, schools will get a kit containing all they need to get growing.

Mark Price, Waitrose managing director, added: “This scheme will play an important role in helping children in Lichfield and elsewhere understand the journey from field to plate.

“Evidence shows those who participate in growing projects are more likely to eat a wider variety of foods and make good nutritional choices throughout their lives.”

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