Pupils from a local school recently took a farm tour as part of the Red Tractor Week activities supporting the introduction of food and nutrition into the national curriculum.
On Wednesday Septemmber 17, selected pupils from Chapel St Leonards Primary School enjoyed a morning out of the classroom as they visited Abbey Farm in Kirkstead, Woodhall Spa to see the food trail from farm to fork and to learn about the wildlife essential to the ecosystem.
Jo Nelstrop, of Abbey Farm said: “Will and I are passionate about bringing children to Abbey Farm. Our aim is for 1800 children to visit every year to see for themselves where their food comes from.
There is definitely a lack of knowledge about farming but that’s no surprise when 100 years ago every person, adult or child, would have either worked on a farm, known a farmer or be related to one.”
“Through that contact, learning the importance of the countryside, environment and farming came naturally, now we have a work a little harder. It’s great to have some very simple and easy to recognise symbols (like the Red Tractor) to communicate to children where their food originates from and how they can easily identify UK crops.”
Abbey Farm activities include learning about arable farming, seeing the crops in the fields and the scale of the farming operation and also tree identification trails, sound challenge and mini beast hunting.
Visits to the farm are free to children as it is funded by Natural England and local schools are welcome to book a visit by visiting www.abbeyfarming.com.