Where does our food come from? Three thousand children from sixty five Essex schools – ranging from Epping to Harwich are about to find out!
Pupils aged eight to eleven will learn about agriculture and the countryside at the Essex Food & Farming Day on June 5th. The fun, educational event is organised by Essex Agricultural Society and financially supported by Essex County Council.
The annual activity day will be hosted by Writtle University College. Vice Chancellor Professor Tim Middleton said: “We’re delighted to welcome the annual Essex Food and Farming Day back to WUC.
“Our staff look forward to working alongside volunteers from the local agricultural community to showcase the rich variety of work that takes place within the agricultural sector. I hope primary schoolchildren from across Essex will be inspired by the journey from farm to fork.”
The pupils and their teachers will travel through five specific zones: Countryside & Environment, Crops, Livestock, Food, and Machinery.
Over forty exhibitors will be on hand to offer displays and demonstrations, including hands-on activities such as taste-testing, wheat milling and bird and insect recognition games.
Rosemary Padfield, chair of the event’s steering group, said: “Our aim is for the children to gain a greater understanding of how their food reaches the table and the work we as farmers do to protect and nurture the countryside. As the children pass through the five zones at this event, they can see the whole food cycle – from sowing the seed to the plants growing and their end use in food production.”
Liz Keeble, Head Teacher, Vange Primary School said: “The Essex Schools Food & Farming Day provides an amazing opportunity for our children to see first hand the processes involved in food production. The many interactive exhibits manned by real farmers and food producers really help the children understand the journey from field to fork.”
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