Edible Estates started working with Canal View Primary School in 2017. We provide a Natural Play Worker who works with four P2 and P3 classes, and two Community Gardeners who work with four P6 and P7 classes.
We have established a farm site on the school grounds, including a large polytunnel, lots of growing beds and a shed for storing tools. The four P6 and P7 classes participate in the school farm once a week throughout the school year. The school farm was devised to fulfil multiple goals of the Curriculum for Excellence, and the teachers have confirmed that it is meeting expectations.
In 2019, we established a relationship between the school farm project and the neighbouring Holy Trinity Church which operates a community cafe and a food bank. The children have grown produce for the food bank, and the church have helped with maintaining the farm over the summer holidays when the children aren’t there. We hope to start a Summer School Farm programme in 2020 so the children benefit from the farm throughout the year.
“The P6 and P7 children have a great relationship with Edible Estates through our school farm project. We are delighted to be involved in this initiative which further engenders pride in our local community. It is great to see the children involved in something that raises the profile of Wester Hailes in such a positive fashion.” - Ann Moore, Canal View Primary Head Teacher