Adnams, the Suffolk-based brewer, distiller and hotelier, has unveiled ‘Food for Thought’, a social enterprise for local schools encouraging the students to grow fresh produce and gain business experience by selling them onto restaurants.
Adnams is currently working with two East Anglian schools, Flegg High School in Norfolk and Wenhaston Primary School in Suffolk, both of which are growing and supplying fruit and vegetables for use in the kitchens of Adnams hotels.
Flegg High School is supplying potatoes and herbs to The White Horse at Blakeney. Wenhaston Primary School is supplying ingredients such as tomatoes to The Swan and The Crown in Southwold, where the Chef has created chutney from the pupils’ produce.
The ‘Food for Thought’ project sprang to life in 2015 and is the brainchild of Adnams CEO, Andy Wood, and Siobhan Eke, Project Manager. The initiative is designed to be a powerful and fun portal for learning, teaching English, maths and science, as well as developing students’ entrepreneurial and marketing skills where they are encouraged to market a small business to sell their produce to Adnams hotels and pubs.
As part of the students’ business development, Adnams’ Head of Creative, Jess Turner, worked with the pupils at Flegg High School to develop a Food for Thought logo. Following the initial success of working with two schools, the project will be extended to other educational institutions.
Adnams provide a startup cash fund, which the schools can use to buy materials, seeds, plants and equipment. They are then encouraged to find creative ways to get what they need from ‘win win sponsorship' deals with local and national companies.
Adnams are currently looking for enthusiastic and enterprising partner schools in Suffolk and Norfolk so if your school is ‘keen to grow’ then get in touch with Adnams Project Manager Siobhan Eke – Siobhan.firstname.lastname@example.org