Enjoying a great day out on the farm

Children from Willowbrook School enjoy this year’s Farm Wise

Posted on: 15 October 2015

Dairy cows, sheep, turkeys and pigs were among the VIPs at Farm Wise Devon this week, as children from 30 of the county’s primary schools gathered to learn more about where good food comes from.

1,400 school children spent the day at Farm Wise, at Westpoint, touching, tasting and generally experiencing different aspects of the farming industry.

Divided into education zones, the children were shown by farmers of Devon County Council farms estate, and other food producers, how local food and drink is produced.

The initiative, organised by Devon County Council, is now in its third year. Its purpose is to encourage children to increase their knowledge of farming, and to take an interest in how food is grown and farm animals raised.

The initiative also supports schools, who teach children as part of their curriculum about healthy food.

Willowbrook School in Exeter was one of the schools attending.

Their Year 4 classes have already been learning more about healthy food this term, in a project entitled ‘Are You What You Eat?’. The children have also enjoyed incubating chicken eggs at school and seeing them hatch.

Class Teacher Becky Grist, said:

“The children have all enjoyed Farm Wise, and having the opportunity to see close up many of the different aspects of farming. They particular enjoyed learning all the names for different parts of the animals and making a baked apple to take home and cook.

“The day has helped to build on the classroom lessons we have had this term about healthy local food, to give children an even better understanding of where food comes from.”

Devon County Council’s Leader, Cllr John Hart, attended the event:

“Farm Wise is always a great day for the children, providing them the chance to get real hands-on experience in different types of farming, in a fun and educational way.

“It also presents our tenant farmers with another opportunity, that I know they are very keen to do, to help introduce children to their businesses.

“Within the arena today, I am sure that there are many who will remember their experiences here, some of whom I hope will be inspired to want to learn more about everything that farming can offer, and become involved in the industry in future.”

Cllr Caroline Chugg, Chairman of the County Council’s Farms Estate Committee, said:

“It is so important to educate and promote the farming industry to children and the general public, and to all the different forms of agriculture and careers that branch off from the industry.

“I’ve been each year to Farm Wise Devon and it’s great to see it go from strength to strength. It’s always a delight to see the children’s faces as they experience each of the educational zones.

“Many thanks go to the hard work of the officers and farm estate tenant farmers who without there help this event would not be able to take place.”

The sponsors and supporters of the event included Devon County Council, Devon County Council Farm Tenants, Devon County Agricultural Association, Devon Young Farmers Clubs, Bicton/Duchy College, National Farmer Union. Sponsors included Mole Valley Farmers (Main Sponsor) , Dartington Cattle Breeders Trust, Devon Norse, NPS Group, Hele’s Educational Trust, and Devon Farmers Benevolent Fund.

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