Tiny Farm a Massive Success

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Tiny Farm a Massive Success

Tuesday 4th July, 2017

The Tiny Farm at St Modan's High School

Tiny Farm has just opened at St Modan’s High School, giving pupils the opportunity to grow fruit and vegetables that can be donated to local charities. Charities which will benefit include Start Up Stirling, a local food bank, and the Sunlite Café, a social enterprise café that supports young people with mental health issues. Some of the food will also be used in their own Home Economics classes.

St Modan’s High School will work hand in hand with other local Additional Support Needs Departments and Autism Provisions to give the children hands-on learning experiences. Benefits of the Farm include allowing the incorporation of maths, teamwork and life skills into the school day outside of the classroom, which can be particularly beneficial for those pupils in the Autism provision. The opportunities for creative learning increased substantially with the development of the Farm.

The positive benefits of the project will materialise in the months and years ahead as the young people working on the farm learn all about the process of growing food, sustainability and cooking as well as helping people in need. 

Stirling Council Education Committee Convener, Councillor Susan McGill, said: “The creation of the Tiny Farm is a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn about the importance of sustainability and the process of growing food while supporting the community in many different ways.”

In November 2016 the Autism Provision at St. Modan’s High School applied for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. St Modan’s High School progressed to the voting stage and were delighted to win enough votes to merit the largest prize of £12,000.  This money enabled them to create The Tiny Farm. Other helpful organisations included B&Q, which provided advice and discounts, Artlink Central, which contributed with colourful artwork they made with this year’s transition pupils and Speedy’s, which provided the free hire of a cement mixer.

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