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School lets pupils grow their own produce
8 Dec 2011

school is letting its pupils contribute to its catering service by opening up a smallholding on its playing fields.

Bardfield Primary School in Vange will have two paddocks for creatures including alpacas and chickens, allotments for vegetables that will go into midday meals and flower beds to provide blooms, the Echo reports.

The pupils will be allowed to get involved with the project, learning more about where food comes from as a result.

Headteacher Marilyn Hampton said everyone is very excited.

"It's all about them taking responsibility for something and knowing it is theirs and they have worked hard for it," she added.

The smallholding should be open by March 2012 and has cost £10,000.

Last month, the Local Authority Catering Association told BBC News it is worried that unhealthy meals are creeping back into schools again, six years after Jamie Oliver's first campaign to improve what children are offered.

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