The Essex Schools Food and Farming Day will be staged at Writtle College on Thursday 24 May, with 3,000 primary schoolchildren and 500 teachers and assistants from all over Essex attending. The aim of this fun and educational event is to give children a better understanding of the food chain and the role played by farming in Essex, as well as raising awareness of countryside and environmental issues.
The event will be split into a trail around five zones - machinery, crops, livestock, food and countryside, and environment - each of which encompass a key element of the food and farming story. Exhibits, provided by local and regional organisations, will feature hands-on activities including milling wheat and butter making, cookery demonstrations using local produce, fruit and vegetable identification and tasting, and willow weaving activities, insect and bird recognition games, livestock displays, milking demonstrations and farm machinery demonstrations.
Two hundred farmer stewards have been recruited to guide each group through the various activities, giving pupils direct contact with members of the local food and farming community.