Denny pupils crop of the class

The children of St Patrick's cooked up a delicious three-course meal from the food they grew throughout the year with the help of chef Stuart McPherson
The children of St Patrick's cooked up a delicious three-course meal from the food they grew throughout the year with the help of chef Stuart McPherson

Primary school children tasted the fruits of their labour as they harvested the food they have grown to cook a three-course meal.

Earlier this year the pupils of St Patrick’s Primary, planted a range of vegetables such as carrots, onions, potatoes, spring onions, radishes, spinach, fennel and herbs as part of the From Seed to Plate project, run by former aid worker Ethan Young of Denny-based charity Peace by Piece.

Throughout the year the kids maintained their agricultural patch and last week the crop was ready to eat so, with the help of top chef Stuart McPherson of PbyP and Johnstons Bar in Falkirk, they cooked up a feast as the final part of the learning process of growing food from planting seeds to eating it on your dinner plate.

And their peers, parents and teachers were all there to sample their culinary delights which included three different salads, pizza and an Eton mess for dessert.

Ethan said: “In January Peace by Piece and St Patrick’s Primary School worked in partnership to deliver a project which was aimed at educating pupils about the process of growing food from planting the seeds to eating the food, taking place at Denny and Dunipace YMCA.

“The children not only provided for people in their community but gained valuable skills and knowledge throughout the project. The benefits of working in a garden have been widely publicised as having mental health benefits.

“Growing your own food is a physically healthy hobby, optimal in nutrition and the food can be eaten fresh without chemical interventions. St Partick’s has also used the project to hit many of their curriculum for excellence outcomes. Some of the children have started to grow their own food at home.

“Growing your own food and eating locally not only enhances the individual, but also our local and worldwide community.”

Some of the harvest also went to Strathcarron Hospice and Falkirk Foodbank.

For more information on Peace by Piece, visit www.peacebypiece.org.uk.