Tuppenny Barn is a UK registered charity. They cultivate and harvest organic produce, using this to create learning experiences for all ages and to promote the benefits of growing, cooking and eating healthy food.
From hosting school trips and after-school clubs, to workshops and holiday activities, they teach children where fruit and vegetables come from, the benefits of eating nutritional food and give them the skills to grow and prepare their own meals. They also provide educational experiences and activities for the wider community, to help people develop their growing and cooking abilities, alongside countryside skills like foraging, wreath making and willow weaving.
Through learning about growing food, harvesting and cooking it, they help people understand where their food comes from, the nutritional benefits of eating fresh fruit and vegetables and give them the knowledge and skills to grow their own, prepare and cook healthy fresh meals.
Creating a better future for our children
There is a proven link between deprivation, poor diet and obesity. Healthy eating is one of the key ways to reduce obesity rates, so the education sessions help teach children (and adults) the importance of cooking fresh, seasonal and healthy food. Students have an opportunity to learn about the outdoor environment and their Education Centre has a professional cooking facility so they can experience a ‘fork to fork’ visit, where they can crop produce on site, participate in cooking seasonal produce and then sit down to eat it.
It’s not just young people who can benefit from the educational activities at Tuppenny Barn. They run a wide variety of educational experiences and activities for the wider community to develop their horticultural, environmental and countryside craft skills. They have recently undertaken an exciting new project that will see them develop a Social Horticulture Therapy facility at Tuppenny Barn. There is increasing evidence of the benefits of gardening therapy in improving emotional wellbeing as well as physical health, social functioning and vocational opportunities. Tuppenny Barn is perfectly suited to provide a safe and encouraging environment for vulnerable individuals that would benefit from this support.