Healthy theme for South of England Show

Healthy soils, Healthy food is the theme for the NFU/South of England Agricultural Society's Food & Farmyard exhibit at the South of England Show (June 7/9) in West Sussex.

Here children aged four to seven will love the interactive nature of the NFU’s Discovery Barn which fronts the stand, besides all the activities and food tastings inside the main exhibit on the Ardingly showground.

education South of England Show_54024Visitors can learn how soil is a farmer’s greatest asset - we all need soil to produce our food and healthy soils produce crops that nourish people and animals. There is a chance to learn more about soil and discover the wonderful world of the earthworm with crop adviser Stephen Woodley, whom you will find inside the big barn, with a display of wormeries and soil testing equipment.

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Chef Erika Pratt, of Moveable Feasts, will be cooking simple, nutritious and cost effective meals for today’s busy families.  Learn how to make colourful healthy meals using plenty of seasonal fruit and veg from Westons Farm Shop, Itchingfield, who have also provided our central produce display. On Friday, June 8, youngsters can make ravioli from coloured pasta dough, with fillings based on various vegetable purées.

Master bakers Anthony and Liza Kindred invite you to have a go at baking, starting by kneading dough. There is also a chance to mill wheat into flour or watch oilseed rape being pressed to produce vegetable oil.

In the farmyard, visitors can see commonly-grown commercial crops that will only thrive in healthy soil, alongside wildflowers. Faygate-based farmer Louise Hurdman will return with her ever-popular demonstrations of goat-milking and sheepdog training, helped by Curtis Brickell. On display will be Sussex beef cattle, Southdown and Black Welsh Mountain sheep, plus poultry.

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Debate on future of farming

A debate will be taking place on the future of food and farming trade policy during the first day of the show, June 7 (11am).

This event, for farmers and growers who are members of the NFU / South of England Agricultural Society, is entitled:

Where will we be buying our food from in the future? A debate on the future of food & farming trade policy post Brexit.


Minette Batters, NFU President

Chris Kebbell, New Zealand High Commission, London

Andrew Blenkiron, Red Tractor Vice Chairman

It will take place inside the Kleinwort Farmers’ Pavilion on the showground. South of England Agricultural Society president Richard Beynon MP (Newbury, Berks), former Environment Minister, is expected to attend the show.

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