Catering trainees from Peter Bedford Housing Association’s canteens got out of the kitchen and into garden this October, to learn about growing and harvesting fresh fruit, herbs and vegetables, thanks to a grant from Mazars Charitable Trust in support of Plot to Plate.

A  series of  ‘Healthy Harvest’ activities, led by catering and gardening tutors Kathryn Heather and Sam Silver, gave participants the opportunity to find out what produce is grown in PBHA’s Clissold Community Garden – and how to use it to make simple, healthy dishes.

Kathryn Heather, catering tutor, said: ‘Healthy Harvest was a fun, engaging way for people to explore food grown by participants on PBHA’s Plot to Plat project.  We picked and prepared produce together, before sitting down to share scrumptious soup and sample green tomato chutney!

Plot to Plate aims to transform the food culture of PBHA tenants and participants by making locally grown food more accessible, developing skills and promoting healthier lifestyles. The project was initiated with support from the Big Lottery Fund’s Local Food scheme in 2012.

* PBHA’s Vocational and Community Services offers a range of food-related courses, training and activities. To find out more about cooking and gardening at PBHA, please contact