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Root Camp Offers Young People A Better Way To Eat

 This Easter, young people from across the UK are being offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn the pleasure and value of good food and cooking.

Root Camp Cookery School has unveiled a week-long Easter residential course at Jamie’s Farm in Hereford as part of their mission to change a generation’s attitude to food. Using this as a base, Root Camp will take a group of young adults aged between 15 and 21 on a journey from field to fork and empower them with the necessary skills and understanding to feed themselves and lead healthier and more independent lives.

Each day the 16-strong group is split in two with one cooking while the other works outside on farms and in kitchen gardens as well as foraging in forests. At night a variety of guest speakers will entertain and inspire all those taking part.

Over the summer at further locations in the UK and Europe, Root Camp will offer a range of other camps dedicated to helping young people understand what good food is, how to prepare it and where it comes from while enjoying a great collective group experience – cooking, meeting and eating with people from different backgrounds.

Cassia Kidron, Founder of Root Camp, said:

“The latest research for Public Health England shows we have more obese children than ever before. When it comes to our diet, something really has to change. Root Camp really does alter lives. The experience helps young people make better dietary choices as they grow up, and reduces their risk of ill health associated with poor diets. We are delighted to be teaming up with Jamie’s Farm – the young people on the course will reap all of the benefits that Jamie’s has to offer, making Root Camp the perfect Easter Holiday activity”.

The Easter Root Camp at Jamie’s Farm offers a wonderful location with a cosy, farmhouse kitchen and access to fields and orchards. Young people attending will also get the chance to work with local producers and artisans including woodcarvers, foragers, butchers, preservers, farmers and beekeepers.

The Easter camp will be taught by the Food and Horticulture Manager at Jamie’s Farm, local chef, Rob Lewis,

He said: “We are very excited to team up with Root Camp and can’t wait to welcome our first 16 campers this Easter. Here, at Jamie’s Farm, we work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to help them gain an understanding of the journey food goes on to get on to your plate. Our collaborative work with Root Camp is sure to give the young people an experience they will never forget!”

Places on the Easter course cost £785 including accommodation, meals and teaching for the week.

After Easter, further courses will be running throughout the year in Hereford, Suffolk and Monmouth with some also taking place in Bologna, Italy.

Root Camp offers full and partial bursaries to some young people from underprivileged backgrounds to ensure that they get the chance to participate in the camps. The camps are a recognised Duke of Edinburgh residential week.

All applications can be made on the website: www.rootcamp.co.uk