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Over 200 school children from Cambridgeshire returned to the East of England Showground to harvest their potato crops with Kids Country, with Wisbech St Mary Primary School among those taking home prizes.

In the morning, Wisbech St Mary Primary School won the best overall school harvest, whilst Newark Hill Academy won the best (heaviest) individual crop.

The afternoon session saw Orton Wistow Primary School win both the best overall school harvest and best individual crop prizes.

Wisbech St Mary Primary School won the best overall school harvest.
Wisbech St Mary Primary School won the best overall school harvest.

With a real focus on letting children get their hands dirty, the event was supported by local fresh produce businesses, Burgess Farms, Albert Bartlett and G’s Fresh, helping the children harvest their crops and learn about and taste freshly grown salad respectively, whilst local Fenland potato farmers, Luke and Clive Abblitt, walked children through the history of potato farming locally.

Co-operative Central England ran a session to help children learn about making healthy choices whilst also tasting some of their potato salad.

The children all planted their potatoes with Kids Country – the East of England Agricultural Society’s education initiative - back in March, with the task of taking them back to school or home and looking after them until harvest time.

Cambridgeshire schools bag the prizes with Kids Country Grow Your Own Produce potato harvest (57361482)
Cambridgeshire schools bag the prizes with Kids Country Grow Your Own Produce potato harvest (57361482)

Charlotte Dowding from G's Fresh said: “It is so important for us to be involved in educating children where food comes from, for them to get their hands dirty, grow some vegetables, and for many, eat

lettuce for the first time.”

Caroline Williams, agronomy manager at Burgess Farms, said: “We are really proud to support the 'Grow your Own' initiative. It’s good to see the event supported by so many local schools and give children a chance to have some hands learning experience of how our food is grown. “

Sandra Lauridsen, Kids Country education manager, says: “The Grow Your Own Produce harvest day is always a highlight for the children, as well as our amazing volunteers and supporting organisations. It was great to see the children so eager to harvest their potato crops, before taking them home to eat with their families – what an experience for them and one we hope they will do again.”

Sandra continued: “2022 has been a brilliant year so far and we are really looking forward to delivering more events for primary schools in the second half of the year, especially our Food and Farming Day on Friday July 1, which we have had to run as a virtual event for the last two years. "We have over 2,000 school children already signed up to attend at the East of England Showground; it’s going to be magical this year – the children and our educators have really missed it.”

To view the full range of events on offer this year, please visit www.kids-country.co.uk/events or email slauridsen@eastofengland.org.uk with any questions.



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