Over 1,000 key-stage two school children descended upon the Bath & West Showground on Wednesday 13 April 2016 to enjoy the inaugural Field to Food Learning Day.
Conceived with the purpose of educating and informing young people about agriculture and food production in engaging, interactive – and sometimes unexpected – ways; the event has evolved from The Royal Bath & West Society’s founding principles.
Delivered as part of the Society’s charitable objectives, Field to Food has been devised in collaboration with educational specialists and Farming & Countryside Education (FACE) to ensure that it satisfies aspects of the National Curriculum, as well as being enormous fun for all involved!
The event focuses on promoting the ‘producer to consumer’ relationship, with children being able to actively engage with an assortment of people and practices from across the agricultural and farming industries. For instance; the children had the opportunity to speak to a dairy farmer, meet the farmer’s livestock and taste the milk that has been produced.
The children were invited from schools from across the West Country, many of whom, even though they may live within what is considered a rural environment, have little knowledge of how the food and drink that they consume arrives on their table. All of the activities were specifically designed for children aged 7 -11, offering a variety of hands, eyes, ears and noses-on learning, ranging from sheep shearing and cow milking to bread making and butchery.
None of this would have been possible without the superb support of the 200 plus volunteers whose dedication enabled the event to be realised in such fantastic fashion.
Rupert Cox CEO said “The event was a great success and the Society is thrilled to see so many children having a great day out learning about food production and agriculture, these children are the next generation and it is vital we educate where their food is sourced from. I hope many children going away today will have learnt about the opportunities in agriculture and who knows they may go onto work in the industry.
For The Bath & West of England Society we have gone back to our roots and core remits with the focus on local food & drink being at the heart of what we do. This new event is the beginning of a new era for the Charity as it brings education and learning to the Showground with youngsters experiences how agriculture plays an important role in daily life. It is vital that as the world population increases and food production methods change, the next generation needs to understand not just how important good food is to their own health, but to the health of the planet, and I believe our Field to Food event goes someway to achieving that.”
The Field to Food Learning Day will return on 22 March 2017 offering another 1,000 plus children the opportunity to get up close to agriculture; developing a real understanding of farming and its importance to their lives every day.
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