Llandovery College, host of the Harmony in Food and Farming conference, has created the Sustainability and Harmony Internship, an exciting new programme based on ideas explored in the SFT’s conference and HRH the Prince of Wales’ book, Harmony: A new way of looking at our world. The internship provides an opportunity to be a part of a healthy and nutritious food system at an educational institution, growing sustainable food for the College kitchen. This is an 11 week volunteer position with food and accommodation at the College provided, as well as a chance to gain hands-on experience at local organic farms, including Bwlchwernen Fawr, run by SFT director, Patrick Holden.
The College has created three growing sites on its grounds, where children and young people can sow, grow and harvest fruit and vegetables to cook and eat. It is looking to place a stronger emphasis on food production, working with the local community by building links with other organisations, applying the principles of harmony in the classroom and reducing its carbon footprint. Warden Guy Ayling asserts that “Developing a sustainable culture in our school and gifting our pupils with the confidence to make better choices is central to the College’s purpose, and this internship will make an enormous contribution to our success.”
Llandovery College is already incorporating the principles of harmony and sustainability into its curriculum. Subjects such as mathematics, geography, science and art, can all be linked to food production. They are working towards a curriculum based on a belief that everything starts with the story of food; through this, students at the College learn about the interconnection of all things and develop a holistic understanding of the issues faced currently in relation to food production, the natural environment and the care that future generations need to give to these. The College is looking for an enthusiastic and hard-working intern to help in the development of these projects. The intern will: assist in growing fruit and vegetables at the varying sites on the College campus, gaining training and expertise as a grower; develop relationships with local organisations who are making a difference through sustainable work; work closely with staff to create exciting new projects for students, exploring the concepts of harmony and sustainability, and helping in the classroom to implement these.
Patrick Holden notes that “There is an urgent need for good training platforms for the next generation of food producers and sustainability educators. The Llandovery College internship combines all the key ingredients – a real food system at an educational institution supplying vegetables for its own use, with a strong commitment to sustainability.”
The intern will work closely with Huw Richards, previously Head Boy at Llandovery College and the creator of the popular organic vegetable gardening YouTube channel ‘HuwsNursery’. Huw is Head of the Sustainability and Harmony Internship Programme, supported by Darrel Legget, Head Gardener and Andrea Wilson, Head of Harmony at Llandovery College. Huw conceived the internship because he felt that there weren’t enough opportunities for young people to gain experience in growing and to develop a range of skills in relation to sustainability. Huw comments, “The time is now if we want to make a real difference for our food system and future generations. It’s very exciting to have created this Internship programme and drive positive change by turning words into actions.”
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