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Classroom turned into food co-operative.

STUDENTS have launched a new food cooperative to serve staff and fellow students at Deeside College's four campuses.

The group, all of whom have additional learning needs, are hoping to encourage colleagues to support local food suppliers and eat more healthily.

All are floristry students on an Skills for Independent Living course at Northop College.

They will be supplying fruit, salad and vegetables from Alan Huson's farm in Hawarden.

Produce will be provided in reusable bags to customers on a weekly pre-ordered basis.

The entire operation is being run directly from their classroom, with all orders, sorting, packing and payments being processed by the group as part of an enterprise module.

Already the students are packing in excess of 40 bags per week.

Deeside College tutor and co-op customer Jo Fisher said: "I look forward to seeing what is in my bag each week.

"The produce certainly tastes great and I like the fact it is supporting our local farmers."

The group is now looking at ways of expanding sales through improved marketing.


The co-op is selling 40 bags-a-week
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 25, 2010
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