Hundreds of local school children descended on Frogmary Green Farm, in South Petherton, today to get a glimpse at what life on a farm is like. And Branston was on hand to tell the children all about how potatoes are grown and why they're so good for you.
Ariane Blake, senior field manager, and Angela Cliffe, technical procurement, from Branston's South West site, delivered interactive lessons to the children, giving them the opportunity to learn how potatoes are grown and the processes involved, from seed to supermarket. Educating the younger generations on the origins of food and the importance of fresh produce in a healthy diet is a key priority for Branston, which does a lot of work in the community. Over 500 pupils aged 7-9 from local schools took part in the programme of events, which also included pond dipping and a visit to the chicken shed to see newly hatched chicks.
Friday’s event was part of Open Farm Sunday, an initiative to celebrate British Farming and allow members of the public chance to visit their local farms. Frogmary Green has participated for several years. They decided to open their gates on Friday as well to give local schools the opportunity to get involved. Angela will be back at Frogmary Green Farm again on Sunday (15th) to talk about potatoes to the 1,000 visitors expected to attend their Open Farm Sunday event.
Angela Cliffe commented: “Last year’s event was so successful, we knew we’d have to build on that this year – and we did. We saw almost 500 children from 13 local schools throughout the day and it was great to be able to talk to them about potatoes and how they get from field to fork. Educating children on where their food comes from is so important, and something we put a large focus on here at Branston.”