Highfield wins national education award

PUBLISHED: 13:14 07 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:45 10 June 2010

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7: A TOPSHAM farm has won a national competition for its work with local school children and in promoting farming education in the community. Highfield Farm competed against 10 others from around the UK for the 'Bringing the Farm to the Classroom' Award fo

A TOPSHAM farm has won a national competition for its work with local school children and in promoting farming education in the community.Highfield Farm competed against 10 others from around the UK for the 'Bringing the Farm to the Classroom' Award - for farms making a valuable contribution to school life.Farmer Ian Shears said: "It was certainly a great honour to win the award for Farm to Classroom Education and the overall award for the Best in Farm Education 2008."We hope that we've created a fun learning experience for children...and I think the judges liked our project because it is so unusual. "Hopefully the award will help us find sponsorship to visit more schools, and to create more facilities for the children."Highfield Farm runs a successful 'Seed to Loaf Roadshow' where it takes its patented mobile wood-fired bakery to schools throughout the area to help show children that food does not just appear on a supermarket shelf.This interactive workshop lets the children see and feel wheat plants and grain, which they then get to grind on a hand powered stone mill and make a bread roll.The school visits are funded by the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme and East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.The competition was 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.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. "They are also unaware of the many opportunities in the countryside for leisure and social activities, and for employment."l Teachers interested in finding out more can have a look at the farm's website at www.highfieldfarm.org, email Ian at ian@highfieldfarm.org or telephone (01392) 876388.

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