Young farmers mean business with ‘Crop and Shop’ initiative

Sutton-Upon-Derwent Primary School pupils put their farming and business brains together to launch 'crop and shop' project on a Crown Estate farm.

10 July 2013

Looking to build on their already extensive outdoor educational programme, the school successfully applied for funding from the National Lottery to buy a polytunnel which is now located on Crown Estate land adjacent to the school. The polytunnel will allow the school children to grow more crops to sell at the school shop and at the harvest festival in September.  Last Friday, at the school's annual party in the playground, the polytunnel was officially opened by Aileen Secker, Chair of Governors.

Angela Ekers, Headteacher, said: "We want to provide a rich and varied learning environment for all children, both indoors and outdoors.  The students really enjoy spending time outdoors farming and growing plants. They acquire useful skills, develop an appreciation of the natural environment and also cover many aspects of the science curriculum.

"The crop and shop project will benefit both the village and the school. Our pupils will learn the importance of working together on behalf of the community and develop first-hand knowledge of food production, while local people will have the benefit of fresh locally grown produce available on their doorstep.

"I would like to thank the National Lottery and The Crown Estate for their help and support and also encourage local people to get involved in our crop and shop initiative."

The Crown Estate's Malcolm Burns said: "As managers of 263,000 acres of agricultural land across the UK, farming is at the core of our business. We see the important contribution our tenant farmers make to the nation on a daily basis and fully support the efforts of Sutton-Upon-Derwent Primary School to give their pupils first-hand knowledge of the work that goes into food production."