Mar 9 2012 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Friday
SCHOOLS from around Forth Valley were at Stirling Agricultural Centre recently for the Royal Highland Education Trust’s Food and Farming Day.
The event, sponsored by the Scottish Government, saw pupils learn how the food they eat gets from farm to plate.
The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET), in co-operation with United Auctions and members of the local agricultural community, created the opportunity for P6 pupils across Forth Valley to attend.
David Leggat MBE, executive chairman of United Auctions, said: “We’re delighted to work with the team at RHET and host this fun event for young people at the Agricultural Centre.
“We’re pleased to play our part in educating the next generation about farming and the food chain and welcome the school pupils, exhibitors and elected members.”
Sponsored by the Scottish Government (Food and Drink Industry Division), the objective is to provide a “hands on” educational experience for pupils by showing them elements of local farming and food production.
A range of activities and discussions exploring different types of farming and associated food products enable pupils to learn where their food comes from.
RHET volunteers ran sessions covering cereals, deer management, a butchery, cheese, fruit and vegetables and tractors/farm machinery.
Food and farming days are designed to give pupils a better awareness of where the food on their plate is produced, plus the importance of the Scottish countryside. The events are an effective and fun supplement to a farming or healthy-eating topic in school and support “Curriculum for Excellence”.
Among the primary schools taking part were Balfron, Cowie, Carron, Deanburn, St Johns and Park.
RHET Forth Valley Countryside Initiative covers Clackmannanshire, Stirling and Falkirk councils and is run by a committee of volunteers from the local farming and education communities. Last academic year RHET Forth Valley CI facilitated 39 farm visits and 76 classroom talks.