Suffolk’s 15th School Farm and Country Fair looks at everything from ducklings to drones

Crowds of children watch a sSheepshearing display ANL-150427-212156009
Crowds of children watch a sSheepshearing display ANL-150427-212156009
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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.

Baylee Wade from Chilton Primary with a young duckling ANL-150427-212208009

Baylee Wade from Chilton Primary with a young duckling ANL-150427-212208009

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.

A great grey owl turns heads ANL-150427-212133009

A great grey owl turns heads ANL-150427-212133009

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.”

Flour power with Bildeston Primary School ANL-150427-212145009

Flour power with Bildeston Primary School ANL-150427-212145009

Wood Ley Primary School pupils Emily Peek and Darcy Rose at the controls of a tractor ANL-150427-212122009

Wood Ley Primary School pupils Emily Peek and Darcy Rose at the controls of a tractor ANL-150427-212122009