Taste Tideswell is a local food project with an Educational purpose. Tideswell School of Food caters for all levels and ages, and as a “not for profit” social enterprise, the leisure courses and corporate days it runs support the work of an Education Officer, local teacher Michelle Lindley.
Michelle said; “The educational aspect of Taste Tideswell is multi- faceted. The main aims are to encourage children to grow more of the food they eat (which also involves them being aware of issues such as deforestation, food miles and climate,) and to become able and enthusiastic cooks (learning life skills and sustainability as they will hopefully use the produce they grow!)”
The work of the school’s Education activities are focussed on Key Stage 2&3, and can take place in Tideswell School of Food’s own kitchen or nearby Nursery garden, or Michelle regularly travels to teach in local schools.
She continues; “Many schools already have a vegetable garden but many also admit that this resource is under used as staff aren’t sure what to grow , when to grow it or indeed what to do with the end product. Here at Taste Tideswell we provide expertise to help people maximise their food production as well as getting the children involved using curriculum based activities from learning about such things as soil type and capillary action to making bio-degradable plant pots from newspaper.”
“Most schools also have a cookery club which runs at least some of the school year but this is invariably after school which makes both staffing and funding a problem. We can provide a trained teacher who can come into school to run cookery activities making it inclusive to all. As all our schools have different needs these activities can be tailored to suit whatever is being studied, for example African cookery- and as all the planning, ingredients and equipment are provided this can be an invaluable resource.”