We're training the latest cohort of 155 farmers, growers and NFU staff to speak to teenagers about the people who produce their food and the realities and career opportunities of modern farming in the UK.
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One of our current Farmers for Schools ambassadors, Luke Abblitt, said: “I truly believe that children need to learn where their food comes from, and who is better to explain this than the farmers and growers producing it? I’ve done school talks in the past and have been concerned by how removed students are from the way food is produced and its role in nature. The Farmers for Schools programme is so important in bridging this knowledge gap.
“I believe we’re in a golden age of farming. TV programmes have got people thinking and understanding more about agriculture, and now is the time to build on that and teach the next generation of workers and consumers about British food and farming.”
NFU President Minette Batters said: “This is an exciting programme that will give farmers the opportunity to pass on their knowledge and expertise to the next generation, as well as talking about farming’s vital role in producing food for the nation and the role it plays in caring for the environment.
“With the popularity of our Farmvention competition, we see year-on-year how much the nation’s students love to get involved with farming as part of their education and I would encourage anyone to sign up and join the 70 other Farmers for Schools ambassadors already involved.”