Pupils at Stirling High School will be growing their knowledge of local food and nutrition thanks to a new community partnership with Stirling Food Assembly.

The successful online local producers’ market, which is ranked among the top five food assemblies in the UK, will now be held at Stirling High School every Thursday from 4.30-6.30pm.

Emily Harvey, from Forth Environment Link, the charity behind Stirling Food Assembly, said:

“We’ve been trading from Stirling Cycle Hub for the past 18 months and we’ve had a great response from the local community. So much so that we’ve now needed to find somewhere bigger to accommodate our growing community of producers and customers. We’re really excited about partnering with Stirling High School and involving pupils in the running of the Food Assembly. They’ll be developing their food and retail skills by running a community café every Thursday night and assisting customers as they come into collect orders from our local producers. There are also plans for pupils to make their own produce to sell. They’ve already been busy baking with one of our producers, Theo at Riverside Bakery, and look out for the launch of Stirling High School honey this summer!”

A spring tasting party was held on Thursday 10 May to mark Stirling Food Assembly’s move to the High School, with a huge variety of local foods on offer from rainbow bread to langoustines. Entertainment was also provided with live musical performances by pupils.

Head Teacher Paul Cassidy said: “We want to raise awareness about the importance of food and nutrition and how the local environment of Stirling supports food production. The Food Assembly is a great way for our young people to support our local economy, connect with local producers and learn about where their food comes from. As well as gaining valuable food skills, they’ll be learning all about the Food Assembly as an alternative, eco-friendly business model for food production and consumption which cuts down food miles and food waste.”

In addition to the weekly collections, Stirling High School will be teaming up with the Food Assembly on Saturday 16 June to host a Community Partnership Summer Food Festival. The event will run from 10am-2pm with food and drink stalls, live music and a community café. To book a stall contact SHSOffice@glow.sch.uk