Rural Skills S3/4 Crop Production

This week both Rural Skills classes saw the culmination of their crop production unit. Pupils have been growing crops in the school garden, with potatoes and tomatoes being this session’s produce. The pupils planted, cared for, harvested and then cooked the potatoes as part of their course. They learn the skills and knowledge of farming through hand’s on lessons in the garden. We currently have four outside beds and a polytunnel, with more beds being built. All S4 pupils are also involved in hospitality with Mrs Fraser and are using those skills to create meals with the produce.

The S4 class chose a staple of Sausage, Mash and Gravy and thoroughly enjoyed eating their meal. The S3 pupils made Bombay Potatoes and decided to make three batches, each with a different spice level and most had a try of the very spicy one.

This work allows the pupils to pass one of four sections of the course which will see them accredited with a National 4 qualification if fully completed. We are planning to make fruit crumble with the apples and blackberries from the Arches garden and are waiting for our pumpkins to grow so we will see where the garden takes us next.

With thanks to the two PSA’s Sue Hodgson and Fiona Seymour, who’s kitchen skills were appreciated, and Alison Fraser who allowed us to use a kitchen and gave advice on the cooking. Miss Bain

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