Students from Oasis Academy Wintringham in Weelsby Avenue, Grimsby, have been getting dirty planting out a range of baby plants, thanks to a partnership between its catering provider, Sodexo, and supplier of organic vegetable and herb plants, Rocket Gardens.

Sodexo has joined forces with Rocket Gardens' Dig for the Future1 project, which encourages schools to get children growing organic vegetables and learning about the food they eat. In October the school received the first of their three gardens, the autumn/winter garden, which comprises baby plants such as spring onions, pak choi, turnips, broccoli and broad beans to name just a few. In the coming weeks the second garden which includes a collection of soft fruit bushes, canes and plants will be delivered to the school.

Janet Giles, the Alternative Learning Provision Manager said: “The Dig for the Future project will greatly increase the chances of the students at Oasis Academy Wintringham growing and eating their own produce.”

As part of its STOP Hunger campaign, Sodexo is providing schools, in communities where it operates, with seasonal fruit, vegetable and salad gardens. The project, sponsored by its own charity the Sodexo Foundation, will provide nominated schools across the country with a year's supply of school gardens which includes a fruit garden, a spring/summer garden and an autumn/winter garden.

The school will receive the spring garden after the Easter holidays which will comprise a selection of baby plants including lettuces, spinach, carrots, leeks, tomatoes, runner and green beans, courgettes, cabbages and potatoes.


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