Over 5,500 children from across the Eastern region of the UK attended the annual ‘Food & Farming Day’ which was held at the East of England Showground, near Peterborough on Friday 3rd July 2015. The aim of the event was to educate school children about where their food comes from and the overall importance of agriculture.
UNIVEG proudly supported the event by donating a variety of fruits comprising avocados, mangoes, passion fruit, papaya, Sharon fruit, lemons and Fairtrade oranges and clementine’s which were used as part of a market stall display in a typical African village. The village was built by 20 students presently in the UK studying agriculture, they are funded by the Marshal Papworth Scholarship Fund (www.marshalpapworth.com) which is administered by the East of England Agricultural Society. As last year the event has been covered by the ‘Fresh Produce Journal’; the MPSF also featured on national TV, showing on the BBC’s ‘Countryfile’ programme.
The event was an outstanding success, with praise coming from children and adults alike; a pupil from the local Dogsthorpe Academy commented: “We love coming to the food and farming day because there is so much to see and do. We get to pat animals, race ferrets and watch dancing sheep, as well as learning lots of cool facts!”
Teachers attending the event added “events like these touch upon all areas of the curriculum, from the science and engineering aspects of farm machinery and food technology, through to the history and geography of agriculture in the UK”, further commenting “Some of the children have never actually seen an African Village or a goat in the flesh before, and so the day has really opened their eyes to a whole new world.”
The overwhelming success of the ‘Food & Farming Day 2015’ has already stimulated the planning of the event for 2016.