Sutton Community Farm educates youngsters

A group of children from the Healthy Eagles programme were lucky enough to visit Sutton Community Farm getting their hands dirty in the process by harvesting crops and sowing seeds. However, the challenge of the day was for the group to prepare and cook a three-course meal led by celebrity, author and Good Food Blogger Rachel De Thample.

Having worked in the kitchen with the likes of Pierre Marco White, Heston Blumenthal and Peter Gordon under the guide of Rachel De Thample our group of young budding chefs were in the best possible hands to rise to the challenge.

In a world of convenience food and mass imported produce it’s Sutton Community Farm who help young south Londoners to truly understand how their favourite fruit and vegetables are grown.

Along with preparing and cooking lunch, the children took part in the sowing of Berlotti beans ready for the summer season as well as catching the beneficial pests, ladybirds and rehousing them in the farm’s polytunnel to help control the aphid population.

Project lead from the Foundation, Chase Hill explained the importance of these visits:
“These farm trips really get young people to understand that the produce we eat has a long life before the supermarket shelf. What is really good is about the farm is that the children are really hands on which is the best way to learn.”

Rachel De Thample added:
“Many of the children said they were going to share what they’d learned with their families and the sense of pride they had by sharing in the cooking and eating gave them a tremendous boost to their confidence and self-esteem. If there were more programs like this, Britain’s children would certainly be healthier and happier.”

This is an exciting time for Sutton Community Farm having successfully crowd funded enough money for a barn to be built replacing the old timeworn container. There will be enough room in the barn to house large groups, which will help accommodate more educational visits.