Tractors into Schools Week
Suffolk primary schools will welcome tractors to their playgrounds week commencing Monday 11 February. Throughout the week farmers will be talking to Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils about the importance of food and where it comes from and the role farmers play in delivering food from the field to our breakfast and dinner tables. It will also give pupils the opportunity to inspect the state-of-the-art technologies in many modern day tractors.
Through Tractors into Schools, it is hoped that young people will gain a greater understanding of where their food comes from and the wider rural economy. The initiative was set up in 2015 and is the idea of past Suffolk Agricultural Association (SAA) President Terry Hunt to create a fun and exciting way to create awareness of farming and the countryside amongst young children.
Over 55 farmers take part to share their expertise and passion for food and farming. Phillip Ainsworth, SAA CEO said: “This is an example of a simple but highly effective initiative. Tractors are synonymous with food and farming and a point of interest for young people. This really does give us the opportunity to take the farm into classrooms across Suffolk with our food and farming messages in a way that is fun and engaging. Hopefully this will create interest and understanding about how food is produced.”
Tractors into Schools will take place for a whole week from Monday 11 to Friday 15 February and is organised by the SAA. Other education events include the School Farm and Country Fair, the Suffolk Farming School of the Year Competition and the Food and Farming Student Day.
As a charity, the SAA’s core purpose is to be a force for good to encourage and facilitate positive engagement between the public and those working in food, farming and the countryside. The SAA achieves this through the Suffolk Show as well as a series of education programmes aimed at young people in schools and colleges.
If you would like your school to be involved please contact the education department at the Suffolk Agricultural Association. or