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Children in Cornwall learn how food is produced at Wadebridge event

By CG_Oscar  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

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Pupils from Bishop Cornish School in Saltash learning about dairy products

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Hundreds of primary school children from across Cornwall spent a day learning how food is produced for the family table.

The Farm and Country Day, held at the Royal Cornwall showground near Wadebridge, was aimed at educating youngsters about the journey of various Cornish produce from the field to the dinner plate.

Many within the farming community feel young people have little understanding of what is involved when it comes to producing the food they eat.

The event covered a wide range of topics including planting and harvesting native crops, and coming face to face with dairy and beef cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry.

Activities such as pasty crimping and sausage making and tasting locally produced food and drink were also enjoyed by the children.

It was the second year the event had been organised by the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association and the Cornwall Food & Farming Group to educate the next generation about food and farming.

Christopher Riddle, RCAA secretary, felt many children lacked sufficient knowledge about how food was produced, and the informative but fun day helped bridge that gap.

“It was great to see so many misconceptions about farming and the countryside challenged during the first event last year. The lack of knowledge is very evident even within a rural area such Cornwall.

“We hope the 750 children had a very enjoyable day, but first and foremost leave at the end of it better educated and informed about farming and the countryside that we are lucky enough to be surrounded by in the Duchy.’’

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