Sign up now for school food and farming events in Spring

By 24th October 2022News

Sign up now for school food and farming events in Spring with Kids Country

As the weather turns more autumnal, Kids Country are inviting primary schools from Peterborough and the surrounding area to sign up for their exciting programme of events in Spring 2023, with their usually sell-out ‘Grow Your Own Produce’ event beginning on 1st March 2023.

In 2021, over 200 school children from Peterborough and the surrounding area were able to plant potatoes and lettuce, as well as learn about how potatoes are grown and the local history of potato farming with the East of England Agricultural Society’s education initiative, Kids Country.

With a real focus on letting children get their hands dirty, the event is supported by local fresh produce businesses, Albert Bartlett, Burgess Farms and G’s Fresh, local Fenland potato farmer, Farmer Luke, and Co-operative Central England. The children will all return to the East of England Showground in June to harvest their potatoes, with prizes for the biggest yield.

Nicola Green, teacher at Newark Hill Academy, Peterborough, said: “It was great for the children to get their hands dirty and learn about how potatoes and lettuce are grown, they really enjoyed it!”

Caroline Williams, Agronomy Manager at Burgess Farms, said: “We are proud to support the ‘Grow your Own Produce’ initiative. It’s good to see the event supported by so many local schools and give children a chance to have some hands-on learning experience of how our food is grown.”

Sandra Lauridsen, Kids Country education manager, says: “The ‘Grow Your Own Produce’ event embraces what is at the heart of Kids Country – giving children the chance to literally get their hands dirty, planting potatoes and other produce that they then take care of in school, before returning for the big weigh-in in June.

“This event really encourages children to learn how to best care for their crop, and we know that children who engage at that basic level with how their food is grown really go on to make healthy choices and appreciate some of the basics of nutrition.”

To view the full range of events on offer, please visit our events page.