Via the Daily Post:
Grow your own veg for a healthy way to live
Apr 17 2007
by Haydon Wood, Liverpool Daily Post
WHEN many people were little, conventional wisdom offered this pearl â€“ eat your veggies and youâ€™ll grow up to be big and strong.
These days, the message is more like â€“ eat your home-grown, chemical-free veggies and youâ€™ll have a fighting chance for health.
As we become more concerned than ever about the basics of food â€“ where it comes from, how itâ€™s grown and if itâ€™s doing us good â€“ more and more Liverpool youngsters are sourcing their own fruit and vegetables.
One Merseyside project is encouraging children as young as five to run their own allotment space.
The Five A Day scheme want urban youngsters to swap process-packed meals for fresh, self-grown goodies.
“Local people can become involved in fruit and vegetable growing, either for their own consumption, for the community, or to supply other initiatives such as community cafÃ©s,â€ concludes Gideon Ben-Tovim, chairman of the Liverpool Primary Care Trust.
Jane Fearon, a 43-year-old mother of seven from Aigburth, is a huge advocate of getting back to basics.
Running a family plot five minutes away from her home, she grows seasonal fruit and vegetables that her family canâ€™t wait to eat.
â€œGetting kids to eat fresh fruit and vegetables is easier when theyâ€™ve helped grow them. Itâ€™s also a great way of keeping them active and interested in the environment.â€
FOR more information, contact Brian Jones on 0151 234 5071.