Last Wednesday was the final celebration event for our Food Glorious Food project. We spent the morning at County Hall, hearing from 5 of our project schools about their Food Glorious Food journey.

After an introduction to the project, each school gave a brilliant presentation on what they have been doing and learning over the last 6 months. Well done to all the children, who so bravely stood at the top of the chamber and spoke so clearly and confidently. Thank you in particular to St David’s, who sent two lovely video presentations and a set of project learning journals to show in their absence. These were ably introduced by their local councillor, Cllr Luke Sills.

Over the course of the morning, we heard from pupils about researching foods, growing and looking after plants and visiting dairies (complete with amusing outfits!) There were smoothie-making sessions, farm visits, bread-making workshops and bug hotels. But the activity which appeared to be the most popular with the audience was the visit from a pupil’s farm ducks, which all had marvellous names!

In between presentations, we did some food-related activities, such as determining the country of origin of popular foods, and calculating food miles in a family’s breakfast (with only a few points of contention from the grown-ups). At lunchtime, we shared a picnic lunch and enjoyed vegetable-sorting relay races – categorising a box of veggies by their respective families. Root, salad or allium, anyone?!

It was very exciting for all of us to occupy the magnificent council chamber, and to be joined by a great number of special guests. These included various food professionals and project partners, in addition to numerous city and county councillors, all of whom came to celebrate the achievements of the young people they represent.

After break, we hosted a panel discussion with County Councillors Jill Owen and Andy Hannan, food issues expert and long-standing retired councillor Saxon Spence, and Food For Life Senior Programme Manager, Polly Frost. The panel answered a number of important and interesting questions from the children, including: “What can the council do to help people set up community gardens?” and the very intriguing enquiry “Who plants all the trees and bushes at the sides of the roads?”

The panel culminated with an open floor discussion around the question “If you had complete authority and unlimited budget to address food issues in Exeter, what would you do or change?” There were many thoughtful and intelligent suggestions from the children, including: providing food for all the homeless people, and requiring all new housing developments or estates to have vegetable gardens and provide training on how to grow crops.

The morning culminated in the announcement of the gardening competition results. We were very privileged to be joined by the Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Cynthia Thompson, who joined us to present the competition certificates. Congratulations to Wynstream Primary School, who won several categories, and were named as overall winners!

We are now wrapping up round 1 of Food Glorious Food, ready to hopefully run the project again in the new academic year. Do get in touch if you’re interested in being involved. All are welcome: schools, food producers, gardeners, members of the public.

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Welcome!

...to Exeter's Global Centre, the home of Devon Development Education.

01392 438811
dde@globalcentredevon.org.uk