Tarmon NS is ‘Incredible Edibles’ champion!

Tarmon National School, Castlerea was recently crowned ‘Incredible Edibles’ Champion for 2020/2021.

Students at the school produced a bumper crop of vegetables from their poly tunnel, successfully hatched chickens, and reused old tyres to create flowerbeds.

The Roscommon school beat off competition from nearly 1,600 other entries to win the Agri Aware competition.

Minister of State for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy Frank Feighan was on hand to present the prizes to the winning school.

The submission from first and second class taught by Michelle Flannery helped secure the title, however the entire school of 200 pupils came together to create a brilliant submission.

This year’s programme focussed on wellness while the biodiversity of the packs given to schools was enhanced by the addition of wildflower seeds for the first time.

Presenting the prizes to the winners, Minister of State Frank Feighan said: “I’m delighted to be here in my local area today to meet the winners of the 2021 Incredible Edibles and congratulate them all on their hard work.

“Encouraging schools across the country to get busy growing carrots, lettuce, potatoes, strawberries, turnips and herbs is a superb idea and one that I am delighted that we are helping fund through Healthy Ireland”.

Alan Jagoe, Chairman of Agri Aware said: “I’d like to thank the teachers and the students for getting involved and to all of the partners for their continued support of the Incredible Edibles programme”.