Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex visited Tregolls School, Truro to see a new outreach initiative that takes farming and food production education to primary schools.
The Farm & Country Days On The Road project, launched in the autumn by the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association (RCAA), has already welcomed more than 2,200 primary school children to find out where their food comes from.
Her Royal Highness joined a group of the school’s year 3 pupils in the specially converted trailer that acts as the project’s mobile classroom to learn about what raw materials are used in a typical breakfast with RCAA education coordinator, Emma Parkyn.
“The Countess was very interested in what we are doing and very aware of the importance of ensuring the next generation are aware of where their food comes from.
“She interacted with the children and enjoyed seeing them so engaged with the hands on approach that we use throughout this project to help them understand more about how farming and the countryside works.”
The children, accompanied by The Countess, rolled some oats ready to make porridge, discovered what wheat and rape seeds felt like, learnt which meat came from which animal, found out about the countryside code and participated in a quiz to recap on some of subjects covered during the session.
The project is an extension of the RCAA’s educational offering. The charity runs the popular Farm & Country Days at its Wadebridge showground that has seen more than 7000 seven to nine-year-old children attend to learn about the routes food takes from field to fork since 2013.
Her Royal Highness is a keen supporter of agriculture, farming and food production, as well as a great ambassador for agricultural shows in her role as patron of the Association of Shows and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO).
The Countess was RCAA president in 2014 and in that year made a two-day visit to its flagship event, the Royal Cornwall Show and the following year’s Farm & Country Days education event.
The Farm & Country Days On The Road trailer will be appearing at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show (7-9 June). Show-goers, of all ages, will be able to learn more about farming and food and try their hand at some cooking.
For more information about the RCAA’s educational work please visit www.royalcornwall.co.uk/education or contact Emma Parkyn on 01208 817016 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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