Sudbury charity proves home-grown veg is a hit

HOME-GROWN: From lfet, project co-ordinator Mike Parkin, Emma, Enyon and Louise Scurr pull up some leeks in the Bridge Project's garden.
HOME-GROWN: From lfet, project co-ordinator Mike Parkin, Emma, Enyon and Louise Scurr pull up some leeks in the Bridge Project's garden.
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A CHARITY has achieved a long-term goal by serving a lunch made entirely of home-grown ingredients.

The Bridge Project cafe, in Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, made “zero food miles” tomato and basil soup, and vegetable ratatouille – all from vegetables and herbs grown in its courtyard gardens and greenhouse, which was served to the project’s students.

Jackie Skillicorn, external fundraising manager, said: “They have a real sense of pride when they are harvesting the produce they have grown.

“We are trying to be a bit more self-sufficient and it is a good learning tool for our students.”

This season is the first that the Bridge Project’s students have been able to grow their own ingredients for the cafe – which offers learning, support and employment to adults with learning and physical disabilities – after receiving funding from the Local Food and Big Lottery funds towards its Seed to Table growing scheme.

The cafe eventually plans to grow enough produce to serve “zero food miles” meals to its paying customers.