Research shows that children who are actively involved in the cultivation of vegetables have a tendency to eat more vegetables, and also enjoy the taste more. There are still many children who think that vegetables come from a factory and can only be found in the supermarket. The Nationaal Schooltuinproject was started in order to teach children about where food comes from, how it grows, and that it is healthy, fun and delicious. This is an initiative of Spar Supermarkten, and HZPC contributes to this initiative.
In 2013, more than 30,000 children in the primary school bracket were able to observe the growth and development of the Innovator and Annabel potato varieties. 1500 schools and mainstream secondary education schools (BSO) signed up, which was an enormous success. They were able to collect the free vegetable garden package from Spar and Boerenbond / Welkoop stores. These packages included a planter bag of 1 x 1 metres, potting soil, garden materials, vegetable seeds and a garden book. HZPC provided 2 varieties for the package.
From the end of March, the schools that signed up received a weekly digital newsletter from the project’s mascot, ‘Piepertje Pom’. This striking little potato man gave tips and advice on the things that children should do in their little garden, through his own Twitter account and through the Schooltuinproject’s website. Extra activities, such as workshops, excursions and harvest festivals, were arranged.
The Schooltuinproject was a major success and was very greatly appreciated. This is why HZPC decided to participate again in 2014. The number of participating schools doubled in 2014.
More information is available at www.schooltuinproject.nl (dutch)