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Autus Cumbria: planting, preparing and enjoying our own food!

Autus Cumbria have been busy in their garden this year.  Thanks to a small grant administered though Cumbria Action for Sustainability Autus Cumbria developed a new project which led from the interests of their young people.

Based in Barrow, the project involved planting a vegetable garden back in April. Carrots, potatoes, leeks and parsnips  (amongst others!) were planted, with the idea of learning life skills such as preparing food, cooking and planning meals.

Emma Greenway, Autism Practitioner at the project explained,

“The project meant we could share life skills, gain satisfaction from growing our own food and talk about where our food comes from. We’re really hoping to keep it going, one of our young people already talked about a ‘Ready, Steady, Cook!’ style challenge!”

The project is a good example of a co-benefit of taking action that benefits the climate; planting, preparing and then enjoying your home-grown food is a life skill, and encourages both healthy and low-carbon eating. Autus Cumbria definitely saw this project as a success, and will be looking to do something similar in the future.

Find out more about Autus Cumbria here.


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