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FARMING DAY FUN: St Albans students enjoy a day on the farm at showground

 Published on: 17th July 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Around 1,000 Year 6 primary school students came to a special event at the Herts County Showground in St Albans recently to learn more about the origins of the food they eat.

As part of Hertfordshire Schools Food and Farming Day on July 4, the children took part in an interactive experience to explore, touch and taste different foods, as well as learning about their origins, healthy eating and the environment.

They were also able to get up close to various farm animals, had tractor rides, took part in a butchery demonstration, discovered information about crops and watched an entertaining show about sheep.

The event was organised by Hertfordshire Agriculture Society, in conjunction with Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) and Hertfordshire Primary Heads Forum, and was supported by several local organisations, including the National Farms Union, Capel Manor and Royal Veterinary College.

HHC’s executive member for education, libraries and lifelong learning, councillor Caroline Clapper, said: “This event is also helping to encourage young people to make informed choices about their diet by helping them to understand the nutrition of different foods.”

Executive director of Hertfordshire County Show, Sarah Moreland, added: “I’m delighted to have been able to welcome so many children and schools to our food and farming day, following the successful pilot last year.

“This year, we’ve been able to upscale the event to accommodate more than 1000 children, and we are already looking to build upon this again next year.”

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