School Farm and Country Fair to Educate Suffolk Schoolchildren on Food and Farming - 10 April 2017
On Thursday 20th April, the Suffolk Agricultural Association will be celebrating the 17th year of the School Farm and Country Fair. Around 4,500 Year 3 and 4 students will attend the event at Trinity Park for a day of learning about food, farming and the countryside.
The action-packed day will take pupils through several fun and interactive zones including Food and Countryside, Livestock, Safety, Modern Farming and Wildlife & Conservation and Displays. All activities are designed to educate children on the importance of agriculture to Suffolk and where their food comes from.
Children will be able to try out different farming skills including learning to grind grains of rapeseed to produce oil and wheat to make flour, discover how vegetables grow in the ground, how they taste when raw and then cook them up into tasty dishes as well as making sausages!
There will also be an opportunity to watch horses being shod, meet the new Guernsey calf and see sheep being shorn, as well as being able to enjoy the Tractor and Trailer rides. The Suffolk gun dogs will also give displays on the day.
The popular ‘Carrot Story’ show is returning to the fair to help children learn the value of recycling and watch as sugar beet turns into powder to make icing.
The Modern Farming Zone will showcase the developments in technology in farming over the years. These include a demonstration of a state of the art combine harvester, a drone detecting weeds and crop ravaged areas, a GPS “driverless” tractor and a fertiliser spreader, sugar beet harvester and forager.
Suffolk emergency services will also be represented by the Suffolk Constabulary and East Anglian Air Ambulance who will be demonstrating how they work in rural communities.
“Our task at the event is to help children learn about food and farming so that they are equipped to make key decisions about food, health, nutrition and even their future careers.” said SFCF Chairman John Taylor.
All activities are linked to the National Curriculum and will help children with core subjects, such as maths, science, English, history, geography and art & design.