Record take-up of Essex Schools Food and Farming Day!

January 2014

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

This year’s Essex Schools Food and Farming Day is already heavily oversubscribed with take up far greater than ever before!

The innovative event, which helps primary schoolchildren learn more about food, farming and the countryside, is being held on 5 June this year.

Hosted at Writtle College, the yearly interactive showcase of farming and the countryside - now in its seventh year - is organised by Essex Agricultural Society in partnership with the college and Essex County Council.

Since 2008, 18,000 children have visited the college to learn where their food comes from, with 3,000 coming last year. With six months until this year’s event, it is already proving popular with 470 children now on the waiting list.

Karen Watson, Essex Agricultural Society School Liaison Officer, said: “We are always oversubscribed for the event, but the take up from schools this year has been far greater than ever before. It is encouraging to see so many schools apply for places.

“The event relies on sponsorship and the generosity of our many exhibitors and Essex farmers who give up their time to make the day such a success. It is certainly an event to be proud of and we would welcome anyone interested in sponsoring the event to contact us.”

From tractors to sausage-making, bread-tasting to turkey-rearing, the event features zones where the children can discover more about how food is produced from field to fork, take part in activities and watch demonstrations.

The aim of the fun and educational event is to bring children ‘out of the classroom’ and give them a better understanding of the food chain and the role played by farmers in Essex, as well as raising awareness of the countryside, environmental issues and healthy eating.

Karen added: “We are very proud to be able to give children the chance to leave the classroom and take part in this extremely fun, educational day where we aim to improve their understanding of where their food comes from and how it is grown.

“The visit really gets our young visitors thinking about their food, about fresh, good quality ingredients and the tasty nutritious produce they turn into.

“We hope they all leave with a greater appreciation for the great outdoors, gaining an understanding of the importance of farming, both in supplying food and protecting wildlife within its natural habitat.”

• Essex Agricultural Society is looking for event sponsors. If you can help, please contact Karen Watson, event organiser, at karen.watson@essexag.co.uk.