Enterprising students

Loughmore NS sow the seeds for a growing business

Niamh Dillon

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Loughmore NS sow the seeds for a growing business

Mary Fogarty from Loughmore Cottage presents the pupils with the profits from selling their produce in the village shop

An enterprising spirit is alive and well at Loughmore NS after sixth class pupils turned their schools vegetable garden into a profit making venture.

The villages youngest entrepreneurs planted a variety of vegetables in the schools garden last spring and began carefully tending to the plants throughout the summer months along with the help of vegetable garden caretaker Seanie Gleeson. After returning from their summer holidays the pupils began picking their home grown produce with the aim of selling them in the local shop in the village which shop owner Mary Fogarty says was a “runaway success.”

“Our students were very hands on and got really involved in the entire project. They also learned how to make soup with Mary from the cottage which was sold in the tearoom and all proceeds will now be used to buy seeds for next years garden,” said teacher Michelle Maher.

And as well as learning about managing finances and zero-waste policies, the students also had the chance to get creative in the kitchen making batches of homemade soup which students fuelled up on before taking part in the recent Tipperary Cross Country games.

“The school did extremely well in the cross country competition so we like to think their homemade soup played a part in their success,” adds Ms Maher.

“This project was extremely positive for the school and we are very thankful to Mary from Loughmore Cottage for all her help, advice and expertise,” added acting principal of Loughmore NS Mary O'Brien.