Plans to sell products made from the fruit and vegetables grown by learners in the grounds of LVS Oxford, have got off to a good start this term.
Hundreds of apples grown on the mature trees in the grounds of the school, which was formerly Begbroke Priory, have been picked by students and sent off for pressing and bottling at Pasture Farm in Longwick on the Oxfordshire/Bucks border (https://www.pasturefarmjuice.co.uk/). This year’s crop had enabled the school to produce 110 bottles of apple juice, all of which carry a label with the school logo on it.
Enterprise students from KS3 set up an attractive stall to launch the apple juice at the school’s recent open day for prospective students and their parents.
Louisa Allison-Bergin, Head of School, explains "Through our enterprise projects, learners are able to develop important skills such as team work, problem solving, customer service and handling money. By linking subjects such as horticulture, cooking and enterprise together, students can get involved with each stage of product development. They gain experience of growing crop, manufacturing products, packaging, marketing and selling. In this way the theories of business, such as supply and demand, environmental impact, profit and loss, and creating customer demand, are brought to life. Students gain skills and experience that will be valuable to them when they move on to college or into the workplace when they leave LVS Oxford."
Judging from sales at the open day, the apple juice is going to be extremely popular and will now go on sale in the school café, on reception and at future open days and parents’ evenings.
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