THE Co-operative Group’s award-winning outdoor learning experience, called “From Farm to Fork”, is to be launched in Coldham following an investment of £130,000.
Work is almost complete on the project, which will be run by The Co-operative Farms as part of the group’s “Green Schools Revolution” initiative.
The Green Schools Revolution Centre at Coldham will host From Farm to Fork visits, an award-winning project aimed at schoolchildren to give them a greater appreciation of the outdoors and an understanding of farming, both in supplying food and protecting wildlife.
It will also offer energy visits for schools, which will cover renewable energy themes and will include a trip to the wind farm on the estate.
Tom Paybody, Farm Manager, said: “We are delighted to be working with Fenland District Council to get the latest From Farm to Fork project underway at Coldham.
“This is an exciting scheme which aims to inspire children to get passionate about food and farming, help them make healthier life choices and give them an understanding of food and where it comes from. It will not only give children an experience of the great outdoors, but it will also provide a significant investment in the Coldham area.”
Emma Grimma, from Fenland District Council, added: “We are looking forward to working with The Co-operative Farms on the From Farm to Fork project to make this a really exciting learning opportunity for local youngsters.”
The Co-operative has been farming at the Coldham site since 1912. It grows onions, potatoes, shallots, sugar beet, beans, wheat and rapeseed, and it also has several beehives. Coldham is also the site for The Co-operative’s first windfarm in 2005 in conjunction with Scottish Power.