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Educational Farm and Country Day comes to Wadebridge again

By CGMikeS  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

Vet surgeon Clare Penter helping out at last year’s event.

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THE second Farm and Country Day, teaching Cornish primary pupils about farming, takes place next week at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge.

Aimed at ages 7 to 9, the day offer “an interactive experience” explaining how Cornish produce gets from the field to the dinner table.

Pupils will learn about a range of farming activities including planting and harvesting native crops, come face to face with farm animals, try their hands at pasty-crimping and sausage-making and sample local food and drink.

The Wednesday 12 event, run for the first time in 2013, is jointly organised by the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association and Cornwall Food and Farming Group.

Feedback from last year’s event reinforced the need to educate the next generation about food and farming.

Association secretary Christopher Riddle said the day would be informative but fun, and bridged a real knowledge gap. “It was great to see so many misconceptions about farming and the countryside challenged during the first event,” he said.

“The lack of knowledge is very evident even within a rural area such Cornwall.

“We hope that in the spring a further 750 children will have an enjoyable day, but first and foremost leave at the end of it better educated and informed about farming and the countryside we are lucky enough to be surrounded by.”

Primary schools which did not attend the 2013 Farm and Country Day are invited to register now by calling Steve Michell on 01208 817010 or e-mailing stevemichell@ royalcornwall.co.uk

The event will start at 9.30am and is expected to finish by 3pm. The complete list of schools is as follows: St Breock School, Pencoys Primary School (Four Lanes nr Redruth), Godolphin Primary School, Breage Primary School, Probus School, St Mary’s Catholic School (Falmouth), Truro High School, Ladock School, Grampound Road C of E School (Truro), Trevisker Primary School (St Eval), Bishop Cornish School (Saltash), Pondhu School (St Austell), Truro Prep School, Blisland School, St Merryn Academy, St Stephens Primary School (Launceston), Connor Downs School, Perran-ar-Worthal School and Biscovey.

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