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Seed Truck Visits Bathgate

19th August 2013

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The Seed Truck teaches young people gardening and food preparation skills

Fergus Walker, Manager of The Seed Truck, is delighted with the project's success Fergus Walker, Manager of The Seed Truck, is delighted with the project's success

The Seed Truck, a joint project between WWF Scotland and The Fife Diet, organises dynamic and practical workshops around Scotland to educate community groups, schools and individuals about how to grow their own food. Through developing an understanding of the importance of organic and healthy produce, these individuals are then inspired to improve their lifestyles and reduce their carbon footprint. As a Dream Fund finalist, this fantastic project received £93,300 from players of People's Postcode Lottery.

The gardening crew from The Seed Truck have recently established a partnership with the Chill Out Zone, a drop-in centre run by CHILDREN 1ST that provides counselling and support to vulnerable young people. The project's specialists are passing on their food expertise and teaching these youngsters how to grow their own fruit and vegetables. Young people who use the Chill Out Zone are having fun building their own raised beds and seeing their crops develop before their eyes. They are also benefitting from specialist workshops about a range of subjects, from sowing seeds to preparing meals using seasonal ingredients.

Leslie Whitelaw, Youth Cafe Supervisor at the Chill Out Zone, is delighted with this new union; It has been a fantastic partnership between the Chill Out Zone and Seed Truck. Our young people have been involved with Seed Truck right from the very beginning – getting to know Seed Truck, the workers, what Seed Truck do and the importance of what they do and looking at how we can bring that to the Chill Out Zone to allow us to work better with the young people."

Ready to get their hands dirty, the Chill Out Zone's service users have been working hard to transform a bare site into a flourishing garden for the community to enjoy. They are also learning delicious new recipes to wow their friends with. Barbara Kidd, Corporate and Events Development Manager at CHILDREN 1ST, is overjoyed with the project's success so far; “It's a fabulous partnership that we've got that really allows young people to learn so much about where their food comes from, healthy eating styles, how to learn to cook and how to grow their own vegetables and fruit."

This amazing project is inspiring people across rural and urban Scotland to create a regional diet that is suitable for the 21st century. As a Dream Fund finalist in 2012, The Seed Truck received a wealth of support from players of People's Postcode Lottery. Other social enterprises that require funding for a 'dream' project can apply to Dream Fund 2014 until 20th September 2013.