Farm up for food award
PUBLISHED: 14:50 03 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:25 10 June 2010
SUNDAY, AUGUST 3: A TOPSHAM farm has been short listed in a national competition recognising farmers who educate local communities on where food comes from. Highfield Farm has been nominated for a FACE award, which is designed to showcase those farmers who have shown a tru
A TOPSHAM farm has been short listed in a national competition recognising farmers who educate local communities on where food comes from.Highfield Farm has been nominated for a FACE award, which is designed to showcase those farmers who have shown a true commitment to promoting farming education in their neighbourhood.The farm will compete against ten others from around the UK in the 'Bringing the Farm to the Classroom' section - an award for farms making a valuable contribution to school life. The owner, Ian Shears, said: "I am excited because it is a national award."He works with local schools taking in a mobile wood-fired oven he invented after seeing something similar in Italy, to make bread and teach schoolchildren where food comes from.He said: "It helps get the message across about where the food comes from and they can see the wheat and flour."It is about how important looking after the countryside is and how food doesn't just arrive in supermarkets by magic."I love teaching the children - it is so much fun."The winners will be announced at London's Kensington Roof Gardens on September 5 and will be presented with their award by Sir Mike Tomlinson from the Learning Trust.Bill Graham OBE, from FACE, said: "There is no doubt that we need to connect communities with their local farms. "Children, young people and their families have become disassociated from where their food comes from and do not know what is required for a healthy diet and lifestyle."The competition is organised by FACE, a registered charity whose aim is to educate children and young people about food and farming, and leading crop protection business Bayer CropScience.Mr Shears will be attending the Honiton Show, on August 8, doing some farming fun baking at the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty stand.