Throughout the academic year 2014-15, horticultural services staff have grown vegetables and salad crops on-site for catering to use in the kitchens. The Commercial Unit Assistant, John Lightfoot, has taken a lead on this project.
The Reaseheath produce, which has included Reaseheath grown bananas, has then been used in an assortment of dishes and salads for staff, students and visitors to enjoy. Fruits such as and rhubarb and blackcurrants have been turned into juice drinks and the Animal Management department have taken advantage of our home grown produce for utilisation in the zoo.
It is still early days in terms of refining the best crops to grow as well as the best ways in which to grow them. However, the seeds of success have been sown and the opportunity for the horticultural department to make a positive contribution is significant. Nearly £1000 worth of produce has traded within the college so far, so watch this space for further developments!
By James Grundy