In scorching 21 degrees Glasgow weather, primary schools and nurseries attended the Botanic Gardens to collect their ‘Wee Garden kit’ to grow vegetables, flowers, and potatoes. With help from volunteers and staff from Santander, the children had several workshops to visit where they were shown how to plant and seed. In addition, selected schools were given the Fairtrade workshop kits which they are helping to fine tune in the classroom lesson for other educational sites to enjoy.
As part of a joint initiative with Fruitful Scotland, Coffee Conscience are helping to fund the kits with 2,020 planned by the year 2020. Billy Miller (MD of Coffee Conscience) explains “ Each year we fund, attend, and provide workshops to teach children about growing food, the importance of wild flowers, apple and fruit trees, and Fairtrade. Working with Fruitful Scotland has enabled us to provide the workshop in a box and make accessible to all children and engage with the wider communities’. The packs are also supported by Albert Bartlett (known for their delicious potatoes) and the aim is to provide a spring and autumn pack so children can grow in schools/ nurseries and sample some of the food grown. The Evening Times has published an article from the launch @ http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/14484643.City_kids_are_hot_on_gardening_/
The core funding for the kits comes from the sales of Fairtrade coffee, tea, and chocolate into education establishments such as the University of Edinburgh, hospitals, community cafes, high street and leisure customers.
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