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Primary schools descend on Farmwise Devon, for their largest show yet

Posted on: 15 October 2019

Children from primary schools across Devon have descended on Farmwise Devon to discover the best of the county’s produce.

1,600 children are enjoying the opportunity to get first hand experience of how produce is grown, rolling up their sleeves to get stuck in to a range of activities.

This year, the seventh year for the show, the Westpoint arena is split into 12 sectors, including vegetables, fruit, arable, forestry, environmental, and wildlife, as well as dairy, sheep, poultry, beef and pigs.

Devon County Council is one of the main organisers for the show, with sponsorship from a range of partner organisations.

Deborah Custance Baker, Chair of Farmwise Devon, said:
“The event is becoming more popular year on year. This year we have around 1,600 children attending. Many of course have some knowledge already of how food is produced, but not so many have this same experience of being able to get up really close to animals, and learning from farmers about how they look after them. They take their experiences today back to the classroom and home with them, and it encourages discussion and learning. ”
The show is strongly supported by Devon County Council’s tenant farmers, with many attending to demonstrate and to talk to the children.

Councillor John Hart, the Council’s Leader, said:

Cllr John Hart sat at a desk

Cllr John Hart

“Our Farms Estate gives people who are interested in agriculture the opportunity to get their feet on the ladder. This is an opportunity that otherwise is very difficult to find.
“Our tenant farmers support Farmwise Devon each year, taking time to talk to children about what they do, and doing so hopefully inspire this next generation of potential farmers. We thank them for their participation on this special day.”

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