Thousands gear up for biggest-ever harvest festival

27 September 2021

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Children learning to prepare meals with fresh British produce.

More than 50,000 students took part in NFU Harvest Live in September 2021, where they prepared meals with British produce and virtually met the farmers and growers who create their ingredients.

Primary school children were taught to use the basic principles of a healthy and balanced diet to prepare dishes from fresh British produce.

Key Stage 1 students crafted rainbow salads, and Key Stage 2 turned their hand to making pizza.

All about provenance

The fun, hands-on experience aimed to engage pupils as well as teach them about seasonality, show them how the food they eat is grown, reared, caught and processed, and gave them the chance to ask the expert panel any questions they have about food and farming.

NFU President Minette Batters said: “Understanding where our food comes from is fundamental to creating a healthy, balanced diet. These sessions are absolutely crucial in helping the future generation learn about the farm-to-fork process – such as seeing how cheese is made – and using a range of cooking techniques to create a delicious meal.

“Bringing food and farming into the classroom in such a practical way has two major benefits: firstly, by creating real-life experiences to learn from and second, giving them insight into agriculture and inspiring them to think about food and farming as an exciting career choice.

“It’s great to see the continued success of our live lessons, from our Science Week Live Lessons earlier in the year, to now reaching over 50,000 students in our biggest-ever harvest festival.

"It’s fantastic to know we are connecting with so many students up and down our country with British food and farming at the heart.”

What's happening?

The key stage 1 session took place on Tuesday 28th September 2021.

The key stage 2 session took place on Wednesday 29th September 2021.

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