The Big Kirrie Chip: Schools turn Tarmac to Tatties as part of the Nourish Kirriemuir Project

Emma Coventry from Northmuir Primary School P5SP.

Sustainable Kirrie’s organic grower, Emily Hutchison, has been working with all three Kirrie schools during the last year to develop fruit and vegetable gardens in the school grounds. The Nourish Kirriemuir Project, funded by the Climate Challenge Fund, is aiming to grow 2 tonnes of local food for local people.

After months of patient care and attention, the avid young school growers are beginning to see the fruits of their labour. Pupils of Northmuir and Southmuir Primary Schools enjoyed seeing their crop go from farm to fork; helping to harvest, peel and chop the tatties, which were then delivered to two local chip shops, Thrums Takeaway and The Steeple, very close to the primary schools for cooking!

The incredible 40kg haul of tatties from Northmuir and 43kg haul of tatties from Southmuir was cooked at the chip shops and returned to the schools just in time for the pupils to enjoy sampling their produce before heading home for the day. The 500 bags of local, seasonal chips were a welcome treat for the pupils, who have embraced the opportunity to learn more about growing their own food as part of the school’s Learning for Sustainability curriculum.

In addition, Sustainable Kirriemuir are working hard to increase availability of locally grown food in Kirriemuir. If you have a surplus of home-grown apples and are based in Kirrie, we would love to be able to convert them into yummy food as part of our Kirriemuir Apple Extravaganza on the 30th of October 2021. Please drop off your clean apples in a bag to the Roods Co-op Kiosk and they will store them for us, or contact our Growing Leader Emily at emily@sustainablekirriemuir.co.uk, to arrange picking and collection.