It is becoming increasingly common to hear reports of the lack of education being provided in relation to farming, agriculture and food generally. This brief report highlights the astonishing number of children that don't understand where their food comes from.
Having been involved with a Junior Young Farmers group and Open Farm Sunday events, I think educating future generations on farming and agriculture is of the utmost importance. Having taken the Junior Young Farmers to local farms and agriculture businesses, I hope to have assisted them in developing an understanding and appreciation of what British agriculture is and how it impacts on the lives of them and their families.
The NFYFC have just appointed a new chairman, Lynsey Martin and one of her main aims is to work with LEAF towards educating young people about how their food is produced. Together with her fantastic team Katie Hall and Laura Elliott, I am sure they will stop at nothing to achieve this!
If you are wondering how you can help, then do not fear, everyone can do their bit:
If you want to learn more about British Farming, why not attend a LEAF Open Farm Sunday event on Sunday 10th June (farmsunday.org) or get in touch to find out about contacts local to you!
Contact a local Farming Youth organisation, I am sure you would be surprised by just how many there are! (www.nfyfc.org.uk)
Are you a business that can offer tours or demonstrations in order to raise awareness of your part in British Farming? I have taken our local Junior Young Farmers to turkey farms, dairy farms, arable farms, small holdings, farm shops, butchers, agriculture dealerships and many more.
NFU Deputy President Minette Batters said there appeared to be a "huge lack of knowledge" among children of all ages about how and where their food is produced. “We believe passionately about educating young people and we feel strongly that food production should be a core part of the national school curriculum,” Ms Batters explained.