Plot to Plate: Family Harvesting and cooking workshops in the Garden

Plot to Plate: Family Harvesting and cooking workshops in the Garden

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£2 – £30


Black Grove Farm

Labdens Lane

Collier's End

SG11 1EP

United Kingdom

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Join us at Black Grove Greens Market Garden to help grow, harvest, cook and eat fresh, nutritious food.

About this event

What the plan? (This a a rough idea but we are responsive to the weather, the cohort and the produce amongst other things)

10:30am: Arrive, circle up and go to see what's growing in the garden with a tour and tasting session.

11.00: Gather in the outdoor kitchen and plan our time together. Harvest fresh ingredients including seasonally organically grown vegetables herbs and edible flowers from the kitchen garden and collect warm eggs from the free range flock of hens. Discuss preparation.

Time for quick snack

11:30 Use child friendly and fun kitchen equipment to cook together. Everyone can get involved, whether its crushing with pestle and mortar, chopping, snipping, whisking, mixing, sieving, grating or spiralising. There are sensory and hands on ways to contribute for all ages.

12.15 Wash up while we wait for the food to be ready to eat.

12.30 Outdoor picnic and free play.

1.30pm Gardening activity such as seed sowing, planting, watering, compost care and pond dipping.

2.30pm Closing circle and sing along.

Focus on kid friendly healthy meals using seasonally grown British produce.

Bring your own lunch, snacks, suncream and suitable clothing for the weather.


My kids are so picky! What if they don't eat anything?

This is perfect for them! There are no expectations. You can encourage your child to take part in the growing, harvesting and preparing, smelling, touching and tasting food. All these are sensory ways to connect with nature and food without actually eating it!

We believe that eliminating any potential intollerances and addictive foods along with increased exposure to nutritious and diverse fresh and healthy options is the key to helping your child make healthier food choices.

The focus is on fun and experimentation and choice.

Sometimes children are more open to trying food when they have;

a)Taken part in the growing and harvesting.

b) Prepared the food with their own hands.

c) Seen other children and adults eat the food.

d) Are curious about something new.

Its a low pressure environment and encouraging children to widen their palate is different journey for every family.

My kids have allergies, will they be able to eat anything?

The basic recipes are chosen to be nut-free, dairy-free, wheat-free and sugar-free with vegan options. There are dairy options that can be added in to taste but you control what your child uses.

Can you give us nutritional advice?

I can only share the recipes I've tried and my experience. We have books to look at written by experts but I'm not qualified to give nutritional advice


Buy a Market value (£24)/Lower income (£12)/Higher income (£30) ticket for your first child; and for each extra sibling buy a highly discounted £2 sibling ticket.

Normal market value ticket (£24) is a price that reflects the true value of the ticket.

Lower income ticket (£12) - Buy this ticket if you need to pay less.

Higher income ticket (£30) - Buy this ticket if you wish to generously help subsidise the lower income tickets. Consider this option if you:

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