Throughout June and July Eleanor, from The Willows, teamed up with Sync Education to run the pilot scheme ‘Pasture to Plate’, a project designed to connect local young people with nature and farm life with a focus on creativity and leadership skills.
It was a brilliant project, each session combining farm work, cooking, creative sessions (writing lyrics, natural beat making, photography, songwriting, sharing performances, looping) and other fun and games. It was a pleasure to have this group come and enjoy the site and inspire us with their hip-hop talents.
Luke, a youth worker from Sync Ed commented: ‘Easily one of the most inspiring and exciting projects we have done to date, we are already thinking how we can make this happen more often and expanded. All the young leaders have shown that they have gained something from the project and feel more confident that they can make a difference to their own lives and the community’.
And here is some brilliant feedback from the participants: “I actually look forward to Mondays and wish I could do this everyday” – “I have made new friends” – “I feel more confident to explore my feelings” – “When I’m here I can forget about my problems” – “I felt listened too” – “I was part something” – “It felt good to know I was helping” – “I never knew how important farms were” – “This is the first time I’ve ever harvested food” – “It inspired me to help at my Grandad’s allotment”.