Herbie presents food awards to primary schools

This story was published 8 May 2018

Herbie the healthy eating carrot has presented two Craven primary schools with their Bronze Food for Life awards.

Herbie, Ruth Stacey, Food for Life Programme Manager, and school cook Donna Haworth with children from Kildwick Primary School

This national award from the Soil Association involved the schools growing and cooking local produce and teaching pupils where their food comes from.

Kildwick Primary School has been busy running a popular key stage 1 cookery club with the support of school cook Donna Haworth. During the last 18 months at Cononley Primary School all pupils have taken part in the Soil Association’s Food for Life programme after all school staff were trained to support cooking with pupils.

Both schools have also made successful applications for Lottery funding to develop their grounds for growing and outdoor learning. Their ambitious projects will come to fruition during the autumn term with the help of Skipton-based community interest company Nature House.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Caroline Dickinson, executive member for public health, said: “This two-year initiative funded by the County Council’s public health grant has seen 20 schools in the county take part in the Food for Life programme. This is helping pupils to learn about where their food comes from through growing it, having cookery lessons and making farm visits, which in turn helps them to understand their food and to make healthy choices.”

This initiative is part of the county’s Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives strategy, which sets out the range of actions being taken to tackle obesity.