Saturday May 16th 2020
Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp
Families are being sent plants and seedlings to grow at home during lockdown to help engage children in a community food project.
The Seed to Plate project received funding from the Heritage Lottery to create an outdoor garden and grow fruit and vegetables as part of an education programme.
And the team involved have been determined to adapt the project to keep it going during the Covid-19 restrictions.
Now they are sending out lettuce plants, sweet peas, peashoots and sunflower seeds to families who currently receive free meals from their base in Port Seton, East Lothian.
And they are encouraging them to involve their children in caring for them and growing them with plans for a traditional tallest sunflower competition to be held in due course.
In a letter to parents Daniel Baigrie, East Lothian Council’s community development manager said Cockenzie and Port Seton in Bloom had recently received funding for the ‘Seed to Plate’ project from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
He said: “The main focus of the project is to help everyone in our community understand how fruit and vegetables grow and what can be cooked with them.
“We are keen that some of the project should still go ahead during lockdown.
“We would like to offer you a sunflower seedling, a lettuce and some sweet peas for each of the children to care for while spending more time at home.
“These are for you to keThe Seeds to Plate project saw two ep, grow and enjoy. We are holding a competition for the tallest sun flower, and we will be in touch in due course about how to enter your sunflower.”
The Seed to Plate project has seen two people employed to oversee the redevelopment of an outdoor classroom garden in the community, which had become neglected.
The project had to be adjusted following lockdown and the decision to send out packs to families who are receiving free meals from Port Seton Centre was taken.
The project is also inviting people to go to its Facebook page and ask for cucumber plants which they can cultivate in their own green houses and conservatories after the team said they had an “abundance” of them.
There are also plans to produce a recipe book for people to find ways to use the produce from the garden in the future.
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