Primary school children get hands on at Farmwise

Squeezing juice at Farmwise Devon 2017Squeezing juice at Farmwise Devon 2017

Posted on: 12 October 2018

Primary school children from around 35 schools across Devon will descend again on Westpoint next week, to get close up and hands-on with life on the farm.

The Devon County Council organised Farmwise Schools Day event on Tuesday 16 October, now in its sixth year, invites children to find out more about where the food on their plates comes from.

Council tenant farmers provide the education with practical demonstrations, and lots of opportunity for the children to get involved; tasting, feeling, and smelling their way around the Westpoint arena.

Highlights this year will include milking, butter making, chicks hatching, oil pressing, composting, vegetable planting, as well as tasty treats in the Food Zone.
Deborah Custance Baker, Chair of Farmwise, said:

“This year, we estimate that between these events with Primary Schools as well as our regular stand at the County Show, we will have reached about 25,000 young children. And it’s going from strength to strength. They’re great fun, and the children go home having learned a lot about the food and drink they have at home and that they see in the shops.”

Councillor Richard EdgellCouncillor Richard Edgell, the Chairman of the Council’s Farms Estate Committee, said:

“Lots of our farms already do what they can to help educate children about food and farming, but this is the one day each Autumn that draws a huge crowd. And it’s great fun!

“It’s really important for children to have the opportunity to learn about how food is produced – food on their plates and drinks in their glasses that they’ve not stopped before to think where it’s come from and how it got there.

“It’s also interesting for children to see just how diverse an industry farming and agriculture is, and to perhaps understand how important it is to our local Devon economy. These are, after all, our next generation of farmers and business men and women.”

Farmwise is sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers.

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