Schools growing their own food with the WWF Easy Peasy Pea Challenge

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The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is calling all Primary schools to take part in an Easy Peasy Pea Challenge, part of the ongoing Plant2Plate campaign. This project aims to help pupils to learn about nature and healthy eating. Any child can have a go at 'sowing, growing and showing' homegrown green peas, either in a window box or small growing patch. Every school that registers for the challenge before the end of April will receive a free Easy Peasy Pea Seed Kit. The kit includes a pack of Sugar Ann pea seeds, a simple growing guide and a tasty pea recipe card from Alpro.

Peas only take 10 weeks to grow, so participants can simply sow the seeds at school and share their school pea's progress using the hashtag #Plant2Plate and tweeting a photo with the seed packet to @wwf_uk. WWF wants schools taking part to share news of their first green shoots, when their peas begin to climb, first pea pods, how tall the peas grow and to hear the most unusual and inventive pea recipes.

“WWF believes we should all encourage children to have a go at planting, growing and cooking with fresh ingredients because food is key to our health and a really important environmental issue,” said Cherry Duggan, head of schools and youth at WWF. “Changing to healthier diets - with more fruit and vegetables, less meat, and different sources of protein - is very much in the news currently. But we rarely hear how what we eat and the ways in which we are growing, producing and processing food has a massive impact on our planet, contributing substantially to climate change and biodiversity loss.

“We can value food and make better choices - for people and the planet - and that's a hugely important message for young people. That and learning how much fun it is to grow and cook with your own produce!'

WWF's Plant2Plate school campaign is sponsored by Alpro, and focuses on what can be done to produce and consume food in a sustainable way that is both not harmful to the planet and healthier for people. The Easy Peasy Pea Seed Kit are being provided in collaboration with food-growing specialists the Seed Pantry.

Neil Whitehead, director of the Seed Pantry said: “We're excited to be involved in the Easy Peasy Pea Challenge. Growing peas at school is a great way for children to reconnect with - and understand - food, from seed to plate.”

Visit www.wwf.org.uk/plant2plate or contact [email protected] for more information.

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