Level Three Horticulture students at Writtle University College in Essex participate in a county-wide campaign.
By growing and donating plants, the students have helped 60 Essex primary schools to teach children in years four, five, and six how their food travels from farm to fork.
The initiative is part of the Essex Food and Farming Day, which the Essex Agricultural Society has organized since 2007.
Left: Writtle Student sowing seeds. Right: Writtle University College lecturer Sandie Cain
Participating schools received the plants as part of a free goody pack, including a VegTrug Planter and gifts from local companies. Pupils and teachers have access to an innovative online portal, which features growing tips and videos from farmers and food-related companies from across Essex.
Lucy, a student at Writtle University College, said: "I think it's great that primary school children are given the opportunity to learn horticulture at such a young age as it's a useful skill."
Writtle Student Lucy
Writtle University College lecturer Sandie Cain added: "We're delighted to be supporting the Essex Schools Food & Farming Day. Our students enjoy helping their local community and have been using our campus greenhouses to grow and sow basil, tomatoes, and other crops. We hope that the pupils enjoy learning about food, farming, and the environment."
Over 3,000 children took part in this year’s event. Their online portal offers pupils and teachers an insight into crops, food, machinery, livestock, and the environment. They also have access to recipes to make the most of the Marriages flour and Tiptree jam in their parcels.
The Essex Agricultural Society's chairman of Essex Schools Food & Farming Day, Annabelle Rout, said: "I always really look forward to the Essex Schools Food & Farming Day 2022, it is so important to educate children about where their food comes from and how farmers grow the food we eat."