More than 4,500 school children from across Suffolk had the chance to get close up to every aspect of farming, from shellfish to combined harvesters, at the 15th School Farm and Country Fair.
Organised by the Suffolk Agricultural Association, who also run this month’s Suffolk County Show, it was a first class opportunity for children to learn where their food comes from.
The Trinity Showground at Ipswich was divided into four areas and new exhibits this year included Simpers of Suffolk, growers and producers of shellfish on the River Deben.
Youngsters were able to grind rapeseed to produce oil and wheat to make flour, discover how vegetables grow in the ground, how they taste when raw and then cook them up into tasty dishes.
They also made sausages, watched horses being shod, enjoyed the fun ‘Carrot Story’ show, learned the value of recycling and watched as sugar beet turned into powder to make icing.
New technology included state of the art combine harvester moving across the field, an AgriFly drone in action detecting weeds and a ‘driverless’ tractor that moves using GPS technology.
The fair’s chairman John Taylor. “Our task is to help them learn so they are equipped to make key decisions about food, health, nutrition and even their future careers.”