Month: November 2014

Martin Jenkins Farming triumphs as Supreme Champion in Farm Business Awards

Martin Jenkins Farming triumphs as Supreme Champion in Farm Business Awards





Martin Jenkins Farming was crowned this year’s Supreme Champion at the Peterborough Dinner on 20th November; the judges were greatly impressed particularly by Mr. Jenkins’ grain plant and storage.

After much deliberation, Mr. Jenkins, from Boxworth in Cambridge, was nominated Supreme Champion by the Farm Business Awards Committee, chaired by Robert Barnes, with A G Wright and Son Ltd coming a very close reserve in the competition.

The winners of Classes 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Farm Business Awards qualified for the Supreme Championship Award, with judging taking place in June this year. Having waited five months for the results, applicants were eager to discover the winner.

Chairman of the Farm Business Awards Committee, Robert Barnes, said: “We are thrilled for Martin and his staff, and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support in the 2014 competition. The Farm Business Awards have grown in size and we are already looking forward to the forthcoming competition in 2015.”

Other winners at the Peterborough Dinner were for the new Young Farmer Class, sponsored by Savills, which saw Tom Few, of White House Farm, take the top spot as this year’s winner. Judges noted ‘consistency across the range of crops’ and a ‘well farmed holding, making the best use of land and resources’.  In second place was Charles Robinson of C & S Robinson.


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For more details on the Farm Business Awards please contact the Society at on 01733 234451.

Tesco comes on board with East of England Kids Country Event

Tesco comes on board with East of England Kids Country Event

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The East of England Agricultural Society and The Tesco Eat Happy Project today announced an exciting two year sponsorship deal for the hugely successful Kids Country Food and Farming Day. The Tesco sponsorship will provide both financial support and local resource to make the events for 2015 and 2016 the most exciting and engaging yet.

The flagship Kids Country Food & Farming Day, which takes place in July each year, is a fun, hands-on educational day, aimed at teaching young children in the eastern region about food, farming and the countryside. In its third year, over 5,500 school children are anticipated to attend the event at the East of England Showground in 2015 and experience an exciting offering of animals, cooking, machinery and rural skills.

Speaking about the Tesco support, Eat Happy Programme manager Jodi Burt said “Tesco is committed to delivering interactive food education to children through its Eat Happy initiative. We were delighted to find that the Kids Country team had a similar passion for improving knowledge about where food comes from, and helping children gain an understanding of the journey from farm to fork. We are greatly looking forward to sharing our knowledge and resources to help make this important event even more successful.”

The Kids Country team is headed up by Sandra Lauridsen, who commented on the support from Tesco; “The Kids Country team is brimming with ideas and energy. Having The Tesco Eat Happy Project behind us will give us a big boost and help us turn many of these ideas into reality, which in turn will benefit thousands of the region’s school children. We are already planning new activities for the Food & Farming Day event and we hope 2015 will be our best yet.”

The Kids Country Food & Farming Day is just one part of an ongoing programme of events that takes place for school children throughout the year, including potato planting and harvesting, chicken handling and learning about meat. In 2014, 8,000 children attended activities from over 19 locations. New for 2015 will be the opportunity for children to experience birds, bees, butterflies, bugs and bats – and a huge willow maze – all first hand at the Showground itself.

Any local schools who are interested in participating in the Kids Country Food & Farming Day should contact the Education Team at the East of England Agricultural Society on 01733 234451.

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Notes to Editors

About East of England Agricultural Society and Kids Country

The East of England Agricultural Society is passionate about education and has developed a programme for children under the Kids Country banner to help them learn about food, farming and the countryside. It has strong relationships with schools and education organisations, and is constantly looking at how best to deliver collaborative outcomes with other organisations concerned with the promotion and support of agriculture and rural life.

About The Tesco Eat Happy Project

More information about The Tesco Eat Happy Project can be found at:

  • Backed by Diabetes UK, the Children’s Food Trust and the NFU amongst others, The Tesco Eat Happy Project is a major new food education programme that is committed to improving children’s relationship with food.
  • Farm to Fork is the first initiative and is all about helping children learn where their food comes from.
  • As part of Farm to Fork, specially trained colleagues in more than 700 Tesco stores across the UK teaching children about different foods and giving practical demonstrations, for example baking bread, tasting new fruits and vegetables and learning all about fish.
  • Food suppliers across the country are opening their farms and factories to teach children where their food comes from including how milk is produced, where eggs come from and how lettuce grows.
  • There is a dedicated Eat Happy Project Resource Hub on the website with lesso
    n plans, recipes and “how to” videos for children, parents and teachers.
  • The launch of Eat Happy Project Online Field Trips saw Tesco become the first company in the UK to offer educational live interactive field trips direct from the classroom for primary schools to talk to food producers around the world.

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For further information, please contact:

 East of England Agricultural Society:

Sandra Lauridsen – 01733 363514 /

Jo Baker – 01733 363512 /
The Tesco Eat Happy Project:  

Alasdair Gee – 01992 644645