Proprietors of a Pulham Market pub have been digging deep for their local primary school —and pupils’ hard work could be appearing in their dishes in the future.
Jon Bingham and Amy Beevers, proprietors of The Crown Inn, Pulham Market, have sourced space at allotments off Barnes Road in the village, funded equipment and prepared the ground for a new project called ‘Our Norfolk, Our Pulham, Our Food’.
It will be a collaboration between the Crown Inn and Pulham Primary School which will allow pupils to grow fruit and vegetables which will end up on the menu at the pub.
It means pupils will be able to learn about the benefits of growing and sourcing fresh produce locally, how to market menus, and the importance of reducing food waste.
Not only will they be growing their own produce, but they will also be creating marketing campaigns and having input in creating dishes for the Harleston Road-based pub.
The new project will be officially opened by South Norfolk district councillor Clayton Hudson on Friday at 10am.
Our Norfolk, Our Pulham, Our Food has so many dimensions to it and can be repeated year on yearJon Bingham
Mr Bingham said: “We have been looking at ways we can support the school and over an extended period.
“Our Norfolk, Our Pulham, Our Food has so many dimensions to it and can be repeated year on year.
“We have worked closely with the head teacher at the school to ensure it fits well with the school learning requirements.
“It will most certainly add the word ‘fun’ to lessons and being out in the fresh air is a real bonus.”
Pulham Primary School headteacher Simone Goddard told the Diss Express the project will give “purpose” and “relevance” to their studies.
“The Pulham Crown came to us to ask whether they could work with us, thinking about food sustainability and locally sourced food, and we were obviously very keen to have any sort of community link,” she said.
“We are very excited about it, and the children are very excited about growing their own fruit and veg.”
For more on the Crown Inn, visit www.thecrowninn-pulham.co.uk
And for more on Pulham Market Primary School, see www.pulhamprimaryschool.ik.org/home.ikml
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