Children learn where their breakfast comes from thanks to Dorchester Agricultural Society’s 1840 Education Fund

Feeding the lambs proved a popular pastime for children from Chickerell Primary Academy as they took part in Dorchester Agricultural Society’s new Education Fund.

Youngsters from the Academy’s breakfast club visited Warren Hill Farm, Puddletown, to find out “Where our breakfast comes from?” They watched a robotic milking system in operation, learnt about calf rearing and saw a variety of crops, learning how they are grown and what their uses are.

Nearly 30 children from year one to year six (6-11 year olds) had a fantastic time on the farm.

Teaching Assistant Louise Parker said the young people had not stopped talking about the visit: “From feeding the lambs, to watching the cows being milked, it was a wonderful experience.

“Most importantly, they learned so much about what happens on working farm,” she added.

The 1840 Education Fund was officially launched at Buckland Newton School last November. It is focusing on encouraging among youngsters a better understanding of farming, horticulture, rural business and the countryside in Dorset.

Funding is available for grants covering capital projects and individual events, including travel costs.

Wakely Cox, Dorset County Show Chairman, said: “I’d like to encourage schools from across the county to get in touch with us to see if we can get youngsters out on our Dorset farms to learn more about the huge benefits stemming from food and farming.”

Teachers interested in taking up the opportunity of getting children on a farm visit or finding out more about the Fund should contact the Dorset County Show office (Tel: 01305 264249) or email competitions@dorsetcountyshow.co.uk

Rebecca Cox
20th Apr 2017 09:40:00

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