We aim to bring many different people from the community together, including our students across our centres, our adult learners and the public, into a space where they can learn and develop their skills and knowledge around Horticulture in a fun, engaging and purposeful way.
Our students work alongside their tutors to develop the site into an area where fruit and vegetables can be grown, to help supply the catering kitchen and students with the freshest produce.
There are also opportunities to be involved in other projects around the site, some examples from this year have been:
Our Parkfield site offers hands-on opportunities for anyone wishing to work in horticulture or grounds maintenance. We have been undertaking renovation of the park grounds as part of our community work, restoring the area toa aplace of beauty for local families, dog-walkers and residents. We have created a garden area, which we aim to expand over the coming years, providing fresh produce for our trainee chefs to use in the kitchen. We have also undertaken construction projects, repairing walls, fences and clearing overgrown areas of woodland.
CASE STUDYColin was referred to Eat That Frog by his Job Centre Plus advisor - he had been unemployed and looking for work for two years. Colin interested in practical grounds-keeping work, so his advisor that he attend Eat That Frog’s Parkfield centre, to find out more about Horticulture. Colin had found that not having his labourer’s card was a barrier, so he enrolled on the ‘Go Construct’ course with Eat That Frog. This unique programme, run in partnership with Job Centre Plus, offers people the chance to gain their health and safety qualification and their CSCS Labourer’s Card, whilst carrying out two weeks’ practical work experience.
He says that the course has been a huge boost to his confidence and career prospects: “If I hadn’t been on the course, I wouldn’t have been able to get the job I want - I already have 4 offers of work. I learned to keep pushing myself, that I was capable of a lot more than I thought I was. As a result of being at Eat That Frog, I’ve stopped thinking that I can’t do stuff – I now know I can get off my backside and do it!"