October 25, 2021

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Essex pupils love interactive food and farming working day

Picture from the Essex Universities Foods and Farming Working day 2019

Submitted for publication in the Essex Chronicle

Main school pupils from Essex have liked an activity-packed campaign that teaches youngsters how food travels from farm-to-fork.

The Essex Educational facilities Food & Farming Day (ESFFD) 2021 noticed pupils achieve a better comprehending of the meals chain and the role played by farmers in Essex, as effectively as an awareness of the countryside, environmental concerns and healthier consuming.

The once-a-year celebration is organised by the Essex Agricultural Culture with help from Essex County Council. Until 2019, organisers welcomed all around 3,000 little ones to a working day of interactive finding out, hosted in the spacious grounds of Writtle College University in the vicinity of Chelmsford.

The annual party was placed on hold in 2020, and in 2021 moved to an interesting digital location. Taking part colleges have gained goody packs to permit them properly produce palms-on understanding options inside of the classroom.

Annabelle Rout, chairman of the steering team for ESFFD, stated: “It is great that we are in a position to keep an on the internet Essex Colleges Food and Farming Day this 12 months irrespective of the Covid-19 pandemic and limitations.

“We hope the universities and the children will be capable to make the most of the prospects provided to them in these tricky conditions.

“We appear forward to observing images of what they have developed and built. We very significantly hope to be back again to standard next yr.”

13 exhibitors volunteered to acquire element, swapping their in-particular person stalls for fun, instructional activities and distinctive goods. Little ones will be rising their own foodstuff in planters from VegTrug, creating delectable recipes with flour from Marriage’s and a lot much more.

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Laura Strathern, co-founder of Fairfields Farm, claimed: “It’s so critical for our young children to know where by their food will come from, and for us to spark in the up coming era a adore of farming.

“There’s nothing at all a lot more fulfilling than staying ready to consume what you’ve grown yourself, so we hope that by providing seed potatoes from Fairfields Farm, they will have a enjoyment and worthwhile expertise and – who knows – maybe take into consideration a vocation in agriculture in a number of years’ time.”

The Essex Colleges Food items & Farming Day 2021 will take spot in partnership with Writtle College School and with assistance of Essex County Council.

Cllr Butland, cupboard member for devolution, the arts, heritage and lifestyle claimed: “We are delighted to see that the once-a-year Essex Schools Food items and Farming Day has long gone forward and adapted to the restrictions of the current pandemic by having the function straight out to faculties.

“It is quite important that young men and women in Essex discover about how our food is manufactured and how most effective we can care for our ecosystem.”

For a lot more information and facts check out www.essexag.co.united kingdom/digital-party-2021/