Local Greens, a not for profit veg bag scheme set up by Herne Hill and East Dulwich residents is running an art competition with Rosendale school.
The project is all about local seasonal food and the theme of the project is ‘a pumpkin’s life isn’t just for Halloween’. Pupils will be making small 3D pumpkins out of paper mache, salt dough or clay. The project will be run in conjunction with Josey Scullard, who is artist in residence at Rosendale and a longstanding Local Greens customer.
Many people buy pumpkins to carve out for Halloween this time of year but might not be aware that they make a great tasting, nutritious, economical meal. They are wonderfully versatile and can be used in soups, risotto, stews, curries, pies (sweet and savoury) and even salads.
There are many other different types of pumpkins and squash you can buy this time of year and the pupils are using harlequin, acorn, butternut, white scalloped and spaghetti squash for the project. They are supplied by one of Local Green’s family run organic farms in Kent, so grown within a sixty mile radius of the school like all of Local Green’s veg.
The competition is split into two age brackets 4-6 and 7-11 and the top three in each category will be awarded prizes which includes vouchers for Just Williams plus veg bags for the family.
The week leading up to Halloween all the 3D pumpkin creations will be displayed in local shop windows in and around the Railton Road area including Just Williams, Winkworths, Herne Hill books and The Flower Lady.
Next year Local Greens will be widening the competition to include all local schools so if your school wants to participate get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the art project and for some pumpkin recipes visit www.localgreens.org.uk and click on the pumpkin.