Inspiring co-operative enterprise through education

The Co-operative Farm to Food Cycle

We recently launched our new food resource, The Co-operative Farm to Food, for primary schools. We have been involved in a number of different projects related to this resource since its launch.

Farm to Food Cycle Launch

The Co-operative Farm to Food Cycle is an interactive, online resource that guides students through the farm to food cycle from the perspective of co-operatives.The resource is available to use online and as a PDF. It has been downloaded over 400 times by over 200 schools since its launch in March 2012.

Forth Primary School & Dalmellington Primary School

The local Co-operative had arranged for their cookery demonstration unit to be erected in the school and Fi Bird  of Stirrin’ Stuff (a former MasterChef finalist) to come and work with the pupils to explore and create and make some interesting healthy  food. The pupils had the opportunity to take part in cooking chicken, making cous cous and chopping a wide variety of vegetables to combine them into a tasty , but healthy dish, which everyone then got to taste.  Participants were encouraged to try foods they had previously not  eaten or thought they didn’t like and the overwhelming view was a “thumbs up” from the pupils. CETS supported this event using the Co-operative Farm to Food Cycle resource.

We also ran a similar event with Dalmellington Primary pupils.


                                  Dalmellington pupils hard at work

Ulva Primary School (Mull), Keills Primary (Islay), St Charles Primary (Cambuslang)

As part of our promotional activities for the Farm to Food resource, we presented pupils in Ulva Primary School, Keills Primary, and St Charles Primary with a voucher for £150 to purchase fairtrade and organic goods from their local co-operative.


             Ulva pupils with their vouchers for fairtrade and organic food