Allotment and chickens
The school allotment is used by all children during the year, as they help to plan, plant, nurture and harvest the various crops they choose to grow. For example, the season may begin with strawberries and then throughout the summer and early autumn there are potatoes, raspberries, runner beans, lettuce, courgettes and marrow, tomatoes, spring onions, garlic and so much more. The children enjoy their spolis and we have been known to hand over some of our harvest to our kitchen for lunch. We are about to plant Christmas potatoes with the plan that our crop of vegetables plus our potatoes will supplement our Christmas lunch this year.
During the holidays, parents and children help to maintain the allotment and look after the chickens, and of course they get to keep whatever they pick. Yummy!
Our hens live in their lovely chicken run next to the allotment. Each class looks forward to their turn to look after them, making sure they have enough food and water each day and ensuring their coop and nest boxes are nice and clean. They also get to collect the eggs - sometimes as many as 60 per week! - and they can then decide what to do with them. Some classes cook with them, others take them home and either have them for breakfast or bake with them.