The competition, launched in September 2012 by Edible Essex, in collaboration with the RHS Campaign for School Gardening, invites primary school children to plan what they could grow in a small plot and invent a recipe for a healthy packed lunch using the produce.
The school wins £1000 worth of equipment for their school garden, RHS CPD courses for their teachers, and the opportunity to plant the winning plot design at RHS Hyde Hall!
The judging took place at RCCE House and judges assessed how practical the plot was in terms of vegetable/fruit selection and the attractiveness of the design. They also looked at the recipes to see if they would work and how suitable they would be as a packed lunch. The winning entry needed to score highly in both these areas.
Out of 501 submissions, the judges selected the entry by Key Stage 2 pupils belonging to Chipping Ongar Primary School’s allotment club. The pupils’ entry, entitled “Crazy Daisy Vegetables”, involved a well-designed colourful plot involving vegetables and flowers that would grow well together. All of these were included in the recipe for ‘Crazy Carrot Salad’, ‘Homemade Crazy Crisps’ and ‘Snazzy Wazzy Beetroot Cake’.
Edible Essex Project Manager, Sophie Blythe, was delighted with both the number and standard of the entries. “Once again we have been inundated with hundreds and hundreds of fantastic plot designs and recipes. It’s great to see that young children really can get inspired about food – even packed lunches! The aim of the Edible Essex project is to encourage more people to get involved in growing their own food. The competition is a fun way of promoting both healthy eating and the growing of fruit and veg in the school grounds or at home”.
Runners up include the Jake Archibald from Takeley Primary School with his “Delicious Potato Salad” lunch and Olivia Martin from Riverside Primary School, who invented a tasty ‘Veg and Pasta Soup”. Both runners up win £200 of gardening equipment for their school and a RHS CPD course for their teacher.
We would like to thank all the Essex primary schools who took part in the competition.