The Co-operative's From Farm to Fork
From Farm to Fork is an exciting outdoor learning experience for primary schoolchildren provided by The Co-operative Farms, one of the UK’s biggest farmers. The Co-operative Farms works with over 50,000 acres of land in England and Scotland, and over 65,000 children have now experienced the world beyond the classroom through a supervised farm visit.
Farm visits help primary schoolchildren to improve their understanding of where their food comes from and how it is grown. They inspire children to get passionate about food, about fresh, good quality ingredients and cooking with them so children who have visited will be encouraged to make healthier lifestyle choices about the food they eat.
For some, it will be the first time they have experienced the countryside and all it has to offer. Children leave with a greater appreciation for the greater outdoors, gaining an understanding of the importance of farming, both in supplying food and protecting wildlife within its natural habitat.
With each season, what the children see, learn and cook at the farm will vary. The visits are tailored to reflect the time of year. When children visit The Co-operative Farms, they learn about:
- A range of crops, their different stages of growth and the planting and harvesting cycles.
- How plants are transformed into familiar foodstuffs.
- The wildlife that lives on a farm.
- The role farmers play in looking after the countryside.
A typical visit includes introducing children to the day's activities and safety information, exploring the farm and going into the fields to look at crops as they grow. Children can also try their hands at preparing healthy food on the day.
For more information please visit www.co-operative.coop/farms/from-farm-to-fork.