Over 1,000 schoolchildren learn how Pembrokeshire food is produced – The Pembrokeshire Herald

MORE THAN 1,000 schoolchildren from across Pembrokeshire, aged 3 to 16, attended the first-ever ‘Food Story/Stori Bwyd’ event, hosted by the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society at the County Showground.

During the event, nearly 30 agricultural, dairy, cattle, hog and sheep farmers from across the county volunteered their time to talk to children and demonstrate local food production. They took the groups through the journey of the different crops, vegetables, milk, eggs and meat produced in Pembrokeshire.

The event took place on October 11-12, 2022 at the Pembrokeshire County Showground when there were live farm machinery and animals for local school children to see firsthand what is used to produce their food.

Mansel Raymond, President of the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society was one of the volunteers at the event. He said: “Rosalind and I would like to say a big thank you to each of the volunteers who took two days off from their busy work on the farm to come talk to the children and show how they produce food and drink. The smiles on the children’s faces said it all, they listened attentively, participated in the demonstrations and the teachers took resources back to their schools to continue the learning. An important part of the work of the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society is education and dissemination across the county about how local food is produced by farmers.

In addition to food production, the event was an opportunity to teach children about the seasonality of what we produce locally and how weather and climate affect how farmers work and how crops grow.

Nineteen schools participated in the event. They included various age groups from: Lamphey Primary; Ysgol Casblaidd; Monkton Priory School; Ysgol Bro Preseli; St Mark’s VA School; Ysgol Caer Elen; Prendergast; Holy Name School; Ysgol Bro Gwaun; Glannau Gwaun; Ysgol Waldo Williams; CP school hook; Ysgol Beca; Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi; St Aidan’s CIW School; Casmael; Ysgol Ger y Llan; Pembrokeshire College; Portfield School

Event organizer Kath Wilson said, “We have received so much positive feedback from volunteers and schools since the event. We have already started planning The Food Story event for 2023! Thank you to everyone who participated and to the schools that supported it.

Thanks to NFU Cymru and FUW for providing educational resources for schools and students to take home with them and thanks to the NFU Mutual offices in Crymych, Fishguard and Narberth for their financial support.

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