Over 1,500 school children enjoyed two interactive days learning about farming and food at the annual Farm and Country Days held at the Royal Country Showground.
The pupils, aged between seven and nine years of age, came from 40 schools spread across the length and breadth of Cornwall. Over 300 farmers, growers, food producers and representatives from agricultural and food production related businesses created around 60 hands-on exhibits to bring the story food takes from farm to plate to life.
The children came face-to-face with dairy and beef cattle, sheep, pigs and goats. They also discovered how vets care for farm animals, visited a milking parlour to learn about milk production, crimped pasties under the guidance of Warrens Bakery and enjoyed tasting Callestick ice cream.
They also discovered what lurks in Cornish hedgerows and explored with Elsa and Rona Amis, who farm on the Lizard, the important role dung plays.
Jane Wheeler, year four teacher from Kea Community Primary School says the children thoroughly enjoyed the event, taking a huge amount away from it.
“The children were really buzzing with new knowledge and ideas when we got back to school. We would like every child in our school to benefit from this experience.”
Kate Cameron, year four teacher from Treverbyn School says: “We had such a wonderful time today. On the coach journey back to school, the children were either totally buzzing, chattering non-stop about their day or fast asleep! Both are a testament to the brilliantly organised, varied and extremely interesting experience provided.”
Jacky Cherry from the Cornwall Food and Farming Group said that whilst the event was great fun for all involved it also presents a gilt-edged opportunity to educate the next generation about how the industry works.
“The aim of the Farm and Country Days is to bridge the ever-widening gap in the understanding of the care, attention and sheer effort our farmers and food producers put into creating our food. Hopefully, we’re helping to create better-informed future customers and inspire more to become agriculturalists in the future.”
Over the past four years, more than 6,000 pupils have attended the event and it is fully subscribed for 2018 and approaching capacity for 2019, which shows just how popular this event continues to be.
The Royal Cornwall show
Whitecross, Wadebridge PL27 7JE