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Year of Food and Farming in education
The Year of Food and Farming is an industry-led initiative aimed at helping children and young people learn more about how food is grown and produced and how it reaches the consumer. It will also help children learn more about:
what happens on a farm & what life is like in the countryside
how to prepare or cook food
what good nutrition means and how that can contribute to a healthier lifestyle
what the countryside can offer in terms of leisure, sports and employment.
When is it and what will happen?
The Year of Food and Farming will run through the academic year from September 2007 to July 2008. A series of national, regional and local events and learning resources will be supplemented by a wide range of other activities for children to participate in.
The initiative will also help create strong and lasting links between schools and food and farming businesses, and provide educational material that will be used by schools beyond the year itself.
This is an industry-led initiative first proposed by the charity Farming & Countryside Education (FACE) and supported by Defra, the Department for Education and Skills, and the Department of Health, the Royal Agricultural Society for England, and many other organisations in the food and farming industries. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will act as Patron for the Year.
A dedicated Year of Food and Farming website, hosting education materials and details of how to get involved in activities in your region, will be developed ahead of the formal launch in September 2007.
For further details on the initiative, please see this Fact Sheet (190 KB)
If you would like to get involved, please register your interest by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto.
The Year of Food and Farming will also make an important contribution to delivering the DfES Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto. Defra is delighted to support the Manifesto, launched by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on 28 November 2006.
To download a copy of the Manifesto, or find out more, visit:
The Year of Food and Farming was formally announced at a conference hosted by David Miliband, Secretary of State for Defra on the 29th November. The conference, called ‘Food and Farming – Reconnecting with a new generation’, looked at how to better inform young people about how food is produced, and the links between food, faming and the countryside. See Defra news release.
Public Sector Food Procurement initiative
The conference also focused on Defra’s Public Sector Food Procurement initiative (PSFPI). The PSFPI is designed to encourage public sector bodies to procure their food in a manner that promotes sustainable development and encourages more small and local businesses to compete to supply them with food.
Source: - Defra