Month: June 2013

Fantastic Potato day for green-fingered schools

Fantastic Potato day for green-fingered schools

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400 schoolchildren grew and harvested potatoes in a competition at the East of England Showground to learn where their food comes from.

The kids loved eating their own potato salad and sampling the other potato products . They will have learned and will remember a lot.
The kids loved eating their own potato salad and sampling the other potato products . They will have learned and will remember a lot.

The harvest potatoes event was organised by Kids Country, which is an education programme that teaches children about food and farming.

The 15 participating schools planted their potatoes in March and had them harvested and weighed three months later in June.

Crop size per pot varied from 40g to an impressive 860g. Jack Purdy, from Newark Hill , was the winner of the biggest potatoes.

Steven Parr, chef at Peterborough Regional College, was on site to teach the students how to make potato salad using fresh herbs and vegetables. A play showcasing the history of potato workers in Britain was also put on by Abi Hunt, higher education manager at University Centre Peterborough.

Each winning school was presented with a trophy from Produce World who sponsored the event and helped with the harvesting.  More information about the winners.

Fourfields Primary won the morning trophy and Leighton Primary School came in second place.  Newark Hill Primary School won the afternoon prizes.

Mrs L Mann, Headteacher at Newark Hill Primary School, said: “The children had a fantastic day.  They have learnt so much by being actively involved with growing their own potatoes.  They were really excited about harvesting their crop and so proud that they won.”

The schoolchildren came away knowing all about potatoes after planting, growing, harvesting and eating their organic produce.

William Burgess, Produce World CEO, said: “We were delighted to be a part of the ‘Grow Your Own Potatoes’ event at the East of England Showground.  As the UK’s largest grower and supplier of fresh vegetables we take the education of the younger generations very seriously and view this as an essential strand of our business.  It was fantastic to see so many of the schoolchildren excited about harvesting their potatoes – there’s no doubt we met with some farmers of the future.”

Sandra Lauridsen, education manager at Kids Country, said: “There were some unique ways of getting the potato messages over to a very young audience in a stimulating and fun way. The more interactive a workshop is the more children will engage and I felt that each of our four workshops managed this wonderfully.”

Inspiring visit to Finlays by African students

Inspiring visit to Finlays by African students

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The Marshal Papworth team arranged for the African students to visit the Finlays factory in Bedfordshire this month.  Finlays is one of the world’s largest producers and packers of Fairtrade flowers.

It was not just the students who were blown away with what they saw as the Marshal Papworth team also found the scale of the enterprise quite jaw dropping.

The statistics are striking. In the flower trade Finlays deals with 325 million stems per annum. They supply over 28 million kg of fresh produce to the UK market each year. Much of the products are sourced from Kenya and the Fair-trade approach is an important one for the business.

Commenting on the visit, James Parrish, Chairman of the Marshal Papworth committee said: “Our short course students come from an agricultural context where farming is on a small scale. They have had their horizons lifted by seeing how trading between UL suppliers and Africa is working on a grand scale. I understand that it took just 72 hours from a Kenyan field to a UK supermarket shelf. That is impressive and we look forward to further opportunities to develop education and awareness programmes with Finlays.”

 

Mr Shailesh Vara MP Congratulates Kids Country Initiative

Mr Shailesh Vara MP Congratulates Kids Country Initiative

Kids Country Sponsored by ASDA

 

The 5th July 2013 sees the biggest ever childrens event in Peterborough.

The East of England Agricultural Society has developed a fun education programme under its Kids Country programme.

‘The Society plays a huge role in our community and it is a real pleasure for me to work with it on this and other projects.

Shailesh Vara MP
Shailesh Vara MP

Congratulations on this initiative which is aimed at the younger generation. It is vital that youngsters learn the proper facts and details about food and farming and this programme goes a long way to address that important issue. I wish the Society continued success.’

 

Shailesh Vara MP

Upcoming Events

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all-day Autumn Food and Country Fair @ East of England Showground
Autumn Food and Country Fair @ East of England Showground
Oct 8 all-day
Autumn Food and Country Fair @ East of England Showground
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Nov
2
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all-day East of England Farming Conference @ East of England Showground
East of England Farming Conference @ East of England Showground
Nov 2 all-day
East of England Farming Conference @ East of England Showground
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