Allen wants gardening put on school curriculum
Published 05/09/2011 | 05:00
ONE of Ireland's most famous chefs has urged the Government to include gardening in a revised primary school curriculum.
TV chef, author and Ballymaloe cookery school director Darina Allen (right) has said that including such "outdoor classrooms" within the Irish education programme would not only promote a healthier lifestyle but would also encourage people to make vital savings by growing their own food.
"(It is) an outdoor classroom -- children are just not learning the life skills the way we used to," she said.
"Having a garden in a school will offer a lot to the students," she said.
"It will fire their imaginations and can also teach them very valuable lessons about nutrition. It also teaches a great entrepreneurial spirit," she added.
"But the best part is that gardening teaches students about food in the most practical way -- getting them involved in growing the produce that they will eat provides a life lesson for them."
Her comments came amid a dramatic increase in the use of allotments in urban areas.