The NFU have made the decision to extend their financial support towards the “Chef on a Farm” project, ensuring that more school pupils are given the chance to experience how the food on their plate is produced.
“Chef on the Farm” is a project developed by Farming & Countryside Education (FACE) in partnership with The Academy of Culinary Arts. This exciting project uses the venue of a farm as children learn the full cycle of the food production process, from seed to shelf. The pupils visit their local farm, meeting the farmer and work with a real chef to make their lunch using ingredients that are produced by that farm.
Oliver Cartwright, NFU West Midlands communications adviser, said: “Here in the West Midlands the NFU was delighted to play a part supporting FACE’s work with the Academy of Culinary Arts as it brought groups of excited and eager-to-learn pupils to farms across the region. The events helped children find out about the provenance of ingredients, meet farm animals and explore what happens behind the hedgerow to produce great tasting, quality food and drink. I think it is always very rewarding to see children learning relevant things on farm visits and for some it was the first time they had come face-to-face with a cow or other farm animal and that is an experience they will always remember. Our farmers and growers are always supportive of FACE and wanted to see the project continue for a further year as it was a real success story. We did not have to think twice about supporting it again as it is vital that more teachers get their pupils out of the classroom to find out what farms and the countryside can offer.”
This inspiring and unique scheme not only provides an opportunity for children to learn valuable cooking skills, but most importantly it allows them to understand where their food comes from and how it is produced.
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