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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.

We had a lovely time at the Respect Festival last weekend, hosting our very own Big Lunch as part of our Food Glorious Food project. We were joined by representatives from one of our project schools, in addition to almost 30 members of the public. The Big Lunch is envisaged as a “a simple act of community, friendship and fun” – and that’s definitely what we had! We enjoyed delicious picnic food, and one of our attendants commented that she enjoyed “sharing food and conversation with friends”. We’re hoping to make the Big Lunch an annual part of DDE’s Respect festival day – so make sure to come and join us next summer!

We've just finished a fantastic fortnight of school visits for the Food Glorious Food project with our visiting Ugandan headteacher, Asaph Gheno Were.Asaph leads one of DDE’s link schools, Kisoko Boys’ Primary School in Tororo (Eastern Uganda). He is responsible for over 1600 children. Asaph’s school is very special, because it has a huge and flourishing farm attached to it (mostly arable – though there are hens and goats too!) The school grows lots of crops to supply the school kitchen, such as maize, sim-sim (sesame), aubergine, tomatoes, pineapples and mangoes. They also nurture excess produce and ‘cash crops’ (like cotton), which are used to fund school resources like uniforms and textbooks. All the children work on the farm daily, and are expert gardeners.

Last Monday, Nicole (our Project Coordinator) joined Montgomery Primary School to help dig over an area for a veg patch in their local park.The vegetable garden will be shared with green-fingered members of the St Thomas community - thank you to John Taylor from the St Thomas Community Association for suggesting the shared growing space. Well done on your hard work digging Montgomery! A big thank you goes to all the staff and parents who helped out, and to our little furry friend, who did some excellent digging - shame it wasn't in the right place though!

Lots has been happening with the Food Glorious Food Project over the last few weeks. Montgomery spread the Fair Trade message through a whole-school assembly based on their learning at last month’s Fair Trade spices workshop. Willowbrook and St Martin's Primary Schools have both been visited by the Love Local Food mobile shop. The children took part in a variety of fun food activities, including making kale smoothies, constructing human bar charts of shopping habits, discussing food journeys, and making an Exeter food map.

After a busy few weeks of planning and recruiting schools, we ran our first project activity: a workshop on Fairtrade and spices. DDE is chair of Fairtrade Devon, and we ran this workshop to coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight. We welcomed staff and pupils from 7 of our 9 participating primary schools: Montgomery, Whipton Barton, St Davids, Wynstream, Redhills, Ladysmith Junior, and St Martins Cranbrook. The workshop was led by Sandhya Dave, with additional activities run by DDE volunteers.

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