Cambridgeshire children amazed by ‘field to fork’ with Kids Country
Over 400 children from Alconbury C of E Primary School, Alconbury, and Guyhirn C of E Primary School, Guyhirn, had a visit from Kids Country as they delivered their ‘Breakfast Week’ event – a unique and hands-on day to help Key Stage 1 and 2 children understand the ‘field to fork’ process.
The Breakfast Week events, which were organised and delivered in school by the East of England Agricultural Society’s education arm, Kids Country, saw children making and tasting pancakes with produce donated by Marriages Flour and Central England Co-operative, and taste test rare breed pork sausages from Bedfordshire pig farmer, Thomas Beazley with Ladies in Pigs explaining how sausages are made and how pigs are reared in the UK.
Year two children at Alconbury C of E Primary School, Alconbury, find out all about tractors with G & J Peck Ltd
Farmer Luke Abblitt also showed children what cereal crops can be grown in a metre-square of soil before children got up close and personal with a giant blue New Holland tractor from Cambridgeshire tractor dealership, G & J Peck Ltd. The team from Central England Co-operative also walked children through their ‘Healthy Choices’ food wheel. Volunteers from BGL Group, Peterborough, were on hand to help children in the pancake zone.
Jane Watts and Hannah Mulcrone, Headteachers at Alconbury C of E Primary School, Alconbury, said: “The children were amazed to learn what ingredients go into sausages and thoroughly enjoyed finding out about how to cook the prefect pancake – tasting them was a highlight for everyone! By the end of the day, we all had a much better understanding of the ‘farm to fork process’ and a greater respect for what a great job farmers do to keep us fed and healthy.
“A day like this should be on every school’s curriculum,” continued Mrs Watts and Mrs Mulcrone.
Volunteers from BGL Group help children in Reception class at Alconbury C of E Primary School, Alconbury, make pancakes with ingredients from British farmers
Sandra Lauridsen, Kids Country education manager, says: “It was great to deliver this event face-to-face with so many children – nothing beats this kind of learning, touching and feeling with your hands, and seeing with your own eyes, as well as speaking to the producers who deliver this food for us.”
Schools can book their places now for the November 2022 and January 2023 Breakfast Weeks by emailing email@example.com or calling 01733 961024.
Sandra continued: “We are really looking forward to delivering more events to primary schools in 2022, especially our Food and Farming Day on Friday 1st July, which we have had to run as a virtual event for the last two years with over 2,000 school children already signed up to attend at the usual venue, the East of England Showground.”