Pupils' wartime garden project

Basingstoke Gazette: Pupils' wartime garden project Pupils' wartime garden project

DIGGING for victory was on the menu for some Stockbridge Primary School students at Riverford, on Upper Norton Farm, when they got a real taste of what life was like to “grow your own” in the Second World War.

The children spent some of the day in the farm’s poly tunnels; led by manager, Chris Wakefield, learning what would have been planted during the war flexing their green fingers by planting some seedlings.

In the farm house, the children tried their hand at packing some fruit and veg.

There was also a look at what limited vegetables may have been available back then and what rations actually looked like when handed out to families.

Finally the children were given some fruit and veg to take home, along with some recipe ideas, to have a go at cooking something organic at home for their families.

Tony Lee, from Riverford on Upper Norton Farm, said: “This is a great opportunity for local children to turn Norton Farm into a living classroom for the day, helping them understand how hard life was during and after the war food wise and where their food comes from today.

“We are delighted to be able to support the school’s curriculum and, who knows, we might even find a farm manager of the future.”

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