SAA

The Suffolk Agricultural Association

Getting the message out about food and farming, how it impacts on our lives, why we do it and how it can benefit lives is the major part of the work of the SAA.

We want to help people understand  so they can make informed decisions on their food, nutrition, countryside around them and even their careers.

Our biggest opportunity to do this is through the two day Suffolk Show which draws together the many and varied communities throughout the county. The Farm Discovery Zone gives visitors the chance to engage in practical hands-on activities and discover how and why a farmer works as he does to encourage a greater understanding and appreciation among present and future generations.

We run a year round programme of activities, many involving education, others recognising and rewarding the outstanding achievements of our agricultural members and relevant to the interests of our members.

As a charity we work closely with  sponsors across different sectors who are targeting the same audience, to help achieve our programmes.

In 15 years our schools programme has enabled every primary school age child to attend the School Farm and Country Fair. This one day event held at Trinity Park attracts 4000 key stage 2 pupils to a day of discovery about food, farming and the countryside. About 90 exhibitors give up their time to assist learning in a fun and hands-on way the importance of food production, the environment and conservation.

This is the major project in a fast growing dynamic education programme that also includes a National Potato Council Grow your Own Potatoes workshop for schools, a Farming School of the Year Award involving butchery and cooking; a highly successful careers day taking 300 13-16 year olds onto a farm for a practical day of meeting industry professionals to discuss career opportunities.

Every other year a horticultural conference attracts a full house of keen gardeners from the industry’s leading horticultural experts.

We are keen to recognise achievements in our own industry for farm management, diversification and business enterprise so established the annual agricultural awards dinner  to celebrate the winners of the Best Alternative Land Enterprise (BALE) and Suffolk Farm Business Competition.

To become a Member of the Suffolk Agricultural Association click here.