Ceredigion schoolchildren learn how to ‘Bake Your Lawn’
Year Two pupils from Ysgol Gynradd Llandysul and Ysgol Y Dderi in Ceredigion recently visited Felin Ganol Organic Mill in Llanrhystud to take part in the 'Bake Your Lawn' programme, a back to basics healthy eating initiative rolled out by Ymlaen Ceredigion.
The schoolchildren visited Felin Ganol, a restored and working organic watermill, to grind their own wheat into flour. The children grew the wheat in the school grounds, and harvested and dried it before they went to the mill.
The pupils now plan to bake their finely milled flour into bread, before finally taking the taste test at the school's harvest festival.
Mrs Kate Foulker-Roberts, Teacher at Ysgol Y Dderi, Llangybi said: "The whole process has been a tremendous experience. The children have been fascinated by the discovery of where their food comes from and it has made them think differently about what's behind their daily loaf. It has been so satisfying to be able to go through all the steps of making our own bread from beginning to end."
The project was derived from an initiative called 'Bake Your Lawn', which is a part of the Real Bread Campaign and is run alongside Iachus Gyda'n Gilydd - Healthy Together, a healthy eating and activity programme based in Ceredigion that is funded by Big Lottery.
Ymlaen Ceredigion Community Development Officer, Tom Bean, said: "It's been fantastic working with local schools and communities to take children on fun, educational journeys through the production of food. 'Bake Your Lawn' has been the perfect project to bring all the different strands of our work together.”
Jane Powell, Information Officer at Organic Centre Wales, said: “Promoting and educating children on the benefits of local, organic produce is a core component of the Better Organic Business Links project run by OCW.
“OCW fully supports initiatives such as 'Bake Your Lawn', which are vital to encouraging future generations to support and consume local and organic produce.”