Kids Country events promise exciting opportunities for children to learn all about food, farming and the environment in 2020

23/09/2019

Educational events provider Kids Country is thrilled to announce a jam-packed programme for 2020, with half and full day visits covering everything from the science of the egg to bee observatory visits, and from cooking challenges to the organisation’s flagship event, the Food and Farming Day, which this year moves from the last week of June, to Friday 3rd July 2020.

Sandra Lauridsen, Education Manager for Kids Country, said: “We are passionate about educating children to understand food, farming and the countryside, as well as helping them to realise the range of career options in the agricultural industry. We are confident that our programme of events for 2020 is our best yet with a huge range of events to help school teachers and home school educators teach parts of the National Curriculum in inspiring and innovative ways.”

The peak of the packed schedule of events, which each year educates around 10,000 local Key Stage 1 and 2 children over 10 different events, is the Food and Farming Day, now in its eighth year. In 2019, the Food and Farming Day opened its doors to over 3,500 school children from 53 schools across Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and further, to learn all about food, farming and the countryside from over 100 companies and exhibitors that made the day such a success.

The Food and Farming Day also hosted JB Gill, former member of X Factor boyband JLS and presenter of CBeebies hit show Down on the Farm, and Channel 5’s leading farming show, Springtime on the Farm. Of the Food and Farming Day, JB said: I am really passionate about not only connecting children with food, farming and the environment, but also in helping these children see the future careers they can find in farming.

“This is my first time at the Food and Farming Day, but I have already seen how vital and unique it is in communicating with the next generation, not only to have more care and understanding for where their food comes from as consumers, but also to really consider the agricultural industry as a potential future employer.

“Farming isn’t just about driving the tractors and moving sheep: it’s the technology and engineering that design new combine harvesters, the scientists creating new veterinary medications, and the chefs that know the value of seasonal produce. Showing children these future options is equally as important as making sure that they have an understanding of how their food is produced.”

Sandra added: “We are also proud of the strong links that we have with schools in Peterborough and the surrounding towns and counties, where we frequently work with teachers to plan bespoke and new events that will help them to teach parts of the Curriculum that they currently struggle to fulfil, whether that’s cooking lessons or a mini-beast trail. If any schools need help teaching anything to do with food, farming and the environment then Kids Country really would like to hear from you.”

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