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Children get up close and personal with farming

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: March 25, 2013

  • xxxxxWadebridge Farm and Country Schools Event held at the Exhibition Halls, Royal Cornwall Showground on Wednesday 20th March 2013. Contact Paul White Communications on 01579 348743 or 07768 451100. Organised and promoted by The Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association (RCAA) and the Cornwall Food and Farming Group, with 650 school children from 20 schools in Cornwall attending. Oh so cute - St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Bodmin, pupils L-R Jasmine Mayes, Elle-Maye Crocker, Noah Breslin, Caitlin Burke and Flynn Elson coo over a Texel cross Charolais lamb, held by Roland Nancekivell from Heatham Farm, Kilkhampton. Photo by Peter Glaser Peter Glaser Photography Tremorcoombe, St Breward, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 4LN, UK 01208 851744 / 07771 736445 peter@pgphotography.biz / www.pgphotography.biz

  • Oh so cute – schoolchildren coo over a Texel cross Charollais lamb, held by Roland Nancekivell from Heatham Farm, Kilkhampton, above. Left: pupils watch in awe as Digory Truscott demonstrates sheep sheering Picture: Peter Glaser

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Hundreds of schoolchildren have been learning "close-up" about the journey of their food from farmyard to fork.

Some 650 pupils from 19 Cornish schools met with food producers and farmers at the Farm & Country discovery day to "bridge the widening gap" between the rural reality and public understanding of farming.

Hilary Wood, of Cornwall Food and Farming Group, said: "All too often children do not know where their food comes from – when asked, a common answer is 'the supermarket'."

Christopher Riddle, secretary of Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association, claimed a lack of farming understanding was "developing rapidly".

James Cudmore, Year 4 teacher at Wadebridge Primary School, said the event on Wednesday, at the Royal Cornwall Showground, enabled the children to learn "close-up" about the environment and farming.

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