Today 6,000 children from over 50 primary schools took part in the Kids Country Food and Farming Day – an educational food and farming event that we are proud to sponsor for the second year running.
Organised by the East of England Agricultural Society, the event showcases the journey from farm to fork. It teaches children about food provenance, the importance of farming and the countryside, through a host of hands-on, interactive activities and exhibitors.
Children got the chance to grind flour and cook bread rolls, milk goats and cows, and take part in demonstration vet surgeries. There were also displays of farm machinery, and livestock including cattle, sheep, donkeys, poultry, pigs and even ostriches; tractor and trailer rides; and demonstrations including sheep shearing, ferrets, horses and hounds, and gundogs.
Our supplier Berry Gardens joined us, bringing along strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries to teach the children about the berries’ growing journey. The children got an opportunity to taste the berries and feedback on which were their favourites and why. With over 400 punnets of each fruit supplied, we estimate that around 4,000 strawberries alone have been gobbled up. We also supported the event with 35 volunteers from our local stores.
Caroline Silke, Head of Community said: “Food and Farming Day is fundamental in helping us to achieve our vision of giving children a better relationship with food. It goes hand-in-hand with Tesco’s Eat Happy initiative which is designed to fuel children’s interest in, and understanding of, where food comes from.”
The Tesco Eat Happy Project provides free activities for parents, teachers and youth leaders to help our children build a healthier relationship with food. To date over 1.5 million children have had an Eat Happy experience with us.