Fifteen hundred primary school children enjoyed an interactive experience learning about farming and food production at the annual Farm & Country Days held within the Exhibition Halls at the Royal Cornwall Events Centre, Wadebridge.
The successful event, which is in its seventh year, is jointly organised by the Cornwall Food & Farming Group (CFFG) and the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association (RCAA).
The pupils in attendance, aged between seven and nine, were drawn from 32 schools from across Cornwall. Over 200 farmers, food producers and representatives from businesses and organisations related to agriculture and food production created exhibits to bring the journey food takes from field to fork alive.
Children saw beef and dairy cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry, visited the on-site milking parlour, learnt about the importance of soil as well as understanding the process of growing and harvesting arable and vegetable crops.
Making and tasting food, created from locally grown and reared produce also featured. Children found out about meat from butcher, and recently crowned Cornwall Farmer of the Year, James Kittow, shown the cheese making process with the help of Dairy Crest and perfected their crimping skills with guidance from expert pasty makers from Warrens Bakery.
Gareth Walls, Year 4 teacher from Treverbyn Academy said:
“Our pupils had an amazing day. The exhibits were aimed perfectly for the children to ensure they made the most of their day.
“Some of the highlights of the day included the cooking class, seeing how the milking process happens and, of course, being able to stroke the animals.”
Lewis Nurton, Year 3 teacher from St Day and Carharrack Community School added:
“The activities were stimulating, sensory and ideal for children. The people working on the stands were very enthusiastic and energised, and were always willing to ask any questions, whether from children or adults!”
Jade Palmer, Class 3 teacher from South Petherwin Community Primary School said:
“All the children had a fantastic time, they were fully engaged throughout the day. The selection and variety of activities were amazing, every single activity was exciting and fun for the children which meant they were engaged and learnt lots.
“We are looking forward to continuing our learning within the classroom and do some follow up work on what we have learnt.”
RCAA Media Education coordinator, Emma Parkyn, said:
“The Farm & Country Days are always a really exciting and fun day for all of the children that attend but the event is also a very important opportunity to educate them about how the countryside and the agricultural world operates.
"There are so many myths and misconceptions so it gives us a chance to address these and create a better-informed generation of future consumers.
“We are thankful to the numerous volunteers, businesses and organisations, plus some very generous sponsors, who combine to make this event possible to stage.”
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