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Volunteer Resource Centre

The Bridge

Peebles

EH45 8AL

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Peebles CAN is a registered charity.  Charity No SC049387

Grow Kids/Cook Kids

2019 Update:

The Summer block for Grow Kids is now fully booked.

Sessions are on Thursday morning at 10-11am.  Each block runs for 10 weeks costing £30 for one child or £50 for two siblings.

For more information on availability and reserving places please contact nichole@peeblescan.org

 

Grow Kids are parent and child sessions which Peebles CAN run at the community garden.

 

Grow Kids is about parents and children learning together to grow fruit and vegetables for themselves at home.  We run structured activities led by an experienced mentor in the community garden, so parents and children can take the skills they have learnt home and share them with their families. At the end of each session, children and parents harvest vegetables they have grown to take home.

As part of a previous project, Cook Kids participants were shown how to use local seasonal fruit and vegetables which were grown in our community garden during cooking sessions ran by our Cook Kids facilitators.  Parents and children work together to learn new cooking skills, and were given the recipes to try at home.  Classes are fun, engaging and the parents and children eat the food they have made together at the end of each class.  

For more information please see our Facebook page where you can keep up to date with news, see our many photographs and get the delicious recipes from the Cook Kids sessions. 

Finally, a big thank you to our Big Lottery Funders for helping us to make this happen with the first year of funding in 2016!

 

What some of our participants say:

"Both the kids and the parents learn new skills, whist having fun in a relaxed sociable environment. From our first session we were welcomed and assured that it was perfectly acceptable for the kids to play and run about when they get distracted, they soon join back in again as they don't want to miss out on too much of the action!"

“Our knowledge has vastly improved by attending Grow Kids. My 2 year old is a pro at sowing seeds and weeding gardens. Even my other three children have benefitted from the things I have learned at Grow kids and really enjoyed themselves in the process. Thank you so much to the whole grow kids team.”

 

“Grow Kids is a great way to show young children were some food comes from. My granddaughter thoroughly enjoyed eating everything growing in the garden.”

“The boys and I have loved the grow kids sessions. It has encouraged them to eat more healthily, they have loved being able to cook with produce from the project. I have learnt a lot and we are looking to replicate growing things at home as a result. The boys have also loved looking after plants they have brought back home. A favourite part of our week – thank you!”

 

“We have learned so much from attending. Our love for the outdoors has grown and our knowledge of growing our own food expanded. . As well as this, our diet has improved and we have loved using what we have produced at home to cook. Amazing group.”

"Before coming to grow kids he didn’t like potatoes but since digging them up and taking them home he now loves them. He loves being outside and having jobs to do such as watering, weeding, planting etc. He has loved tending to the plants he has brought home and seeing them grow from seeds to plants that he now eats produce from."

"It is really important for children to appreciate where the food they eat comes from. I have found all the people there very welcoming and have learnt such a lot about growing produce that I had no idea about before"

"Both the kids and the parents learn new skills, whist having fun in a relaxed sociable environment. From our first session we were welcomed and assured that it was perfectly acceptable for the kids to play and run about when they get distracted, they soon join back in again as they don't want to miss out on too much of the action!"

 

"He told me he liked to pick apples so mummy can make a yummy pudding. Watering the plants is a favourite thing for him to do as well"

 

"It gives them important outdoor time to get muddy and wet and see where a lot of the food they eat comes from. I have learned a lot myself about growing and nurturing fruit and veg. Everyone there is very friendly and the kids are all lovely."