Tractors into Schools - 20 February 2017

The annual cross county farming education initiative Tractors into Schools will take place on Monday 20 to Friday 24 February.  Over 71 schools will take part in the initiative which is into its third year.  This year, for the first time, secondary schools will be included with Northgate High School in Ipswich taking part.

Schools across Suffolk will welcome tractors into their grounds with farmers spending time in the classroom to talk about food, farming and the countryside and to answer questions from pupils.  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 careers in farming and the wider rural economy.

The programme was the initiative of EADT Editor, Terry Hunt, during his term of office as Suffolk Show President in 2015.  Farmers share their expertise and passion for food and farming taking part in lessons and allowing students to ask their questions.

Phillip Ainsworth, Suffolk Agricultural Association 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 message in a way that is fun and engaging.  Hopefully this will create interest and understanding about how food is produced and also to inspire the next generation to consider careers in the sector.”

Tractors into Schools will take place for a whole week from Monday 20 to Friday 24 February.